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Something to think and pray about this week
Even when we understand that forgiveness is essential to our health and happiness, it’s still a challenge to forgive. My friend Rachael admits that, even after accepting an apology, she often continues to hold onto the injury and negative feelings.
“It is very difficult for me to forgive, and I’m not happy or proud about that,” Rachael says. “I completely believe that forgiveness is the best way to go. But apparently my head knows things
my heart cannot accomplish.”
Rachael understands forgiveness as a spiritual practice: “We’re supposed to forgive one another ‘seventy times seven,’ and that is just the beginning of how much God forgives us. We need to offer that soul-clearing forgiveness to others.”
You know how difficult feats look simple when professionals perform them? Think of Olympic figure skaters leaping and gliding over the ice, or Yo-Yo Ma playing the cello. They’re so graceful, so joyful. But what we never see is how many times the skaters have fallen or how many times a much less experienced Yo-Yo Ma messed up.
Like so many spiritual practices, we have to work at forgiveness to get better at it.
—Excerpted from Wholehearted Living by Jennifer Grant