Forgiveness

Why is it so hard to forgive those who have wronged us?  We hold onto anger and resentment like treasured gifts while they silently destroy our soul.  I recently re-discovered a verse by John Greenleaf Whittier.  It speaks to this very issue…

My heart was heavy, for its trust had been
Abused, its kindness answered with foul wrong;
So, turning gloomily from my fellomen,
One summer Sabbath day I strolled among
The green mounds of the village burial-place;
Where pondering how all human love and hate
Find one sad level; and how, soon or late,
Wronged and wrongdoer, each with meekened face,
And cold hands folded over a still heart,
Pass the green threshold of our common grave,
Whither all footsteps tend, whence none depart,
Awed for myself, and pitying my race,
Our common sorrow, like a mighty wave,
Swept all my pride away, and trembling I forgave!
 
~  John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)
 

“…Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”  ~  Luke 17:3-5

About John M. Stewart

I am a university administrator, part-time professor, writer, photographer, and a musician. I love live theater, music, hikes in the woods, and walks on the beach. I am a spiritual sojourner. My blog is about this life journey and how my faith impacts and intersects with my life journey. View all posts by John M. Stewart

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