Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Forgiveness

Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Holding on to hurts
and resentments
carves a channel
that erodes our wellbeing
Like a river charting its course
or a stream burrowing its way
through a valley
slowly
persistently
making its mark
leaving a scar
gradually deepening
claiming more and more space
until it becomes
a part of the landscape
nigh impossible to reroute
or diminish
or change course.
Making the work
of forgiveness
all the harder.
And all the while
those from whom 
we withhold forgiveness
retain power over us
and continue to wound
perhaps in blissful ignorance
and almost certainly
without a care.
And our hurt is compunded
and the fire of our resentment
is stoked and banked up
by our inability
our refusal
to forgive.
All the more senseless
when release
is within our power
and healing 
is within our reach.
Forgiveness
a gift for ourselves.

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