“And throughout all Eternity
I forgive you, you forgive me.
As our dear Redeemer said:
‘This the Wine, and this the Bread.'”
– Broken Love (William Blake)
Forgiving a stranger for their trespasses is easy; forgiving a close family member takes all the courage, faith and love I can muster.
I have lived under the shadow of my father all my life. He is an authoritarian figure who is critical, detached and emotionally abusive; a man of few words who is incapable of showing affection. Home has gradually become a place of fear – fear that he would erupt into another tantrum with any word that incited his anger and that the thin veil of peace will be broken once more.
Last night, it happened again. In its train, came ancient histories of pain and old memories of fear, anxiety and self-reproach. No matter how much I have previously prayed and meditated on forgiveness, the pain is still real and tangible when it strikes.
Yet, I choose to forgive. I forgive because forgiveness is the attribute of the strong; the weak can never forgive. I forgive because in forgiving others and choosing to love, I forgive myself and set myself free. I forgive so that I can continue to live with courage and with faith in God, in my values and in the goodness of humanity.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
– Ephesians 4:31-32
p.s. Leave a comment if this resonated with you. I love to hear your stories!
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