Mending hearts

Tales of bitterness and revenge are a dime a dozen. But a story of forgiveness can be much more compelling, sweeping in and refreshing us like a cool breeze. 

So we invite you to look in the pages of this week’s Sentinel to read how our writers practiced this quality of God. Paul Grimes’s lead piece wastes no time in pinpointing self-justification as one obstacle that might deter us from readily forgiving. And what about forgiving the big stuff, like abuse? Grimes writes: “Our prayers might go something like this: . . . No one can take from you your divine right of health, wholeness, freedom, and joy.  . . . Any attempt to get back at someone, to take revenge, only enables the abuser to think they still have power” (p. 6). On page eight, an account of a wife’s healing journey after marital abuse attests to this divine right to freedom Grimes speaks of. Forgiveness can be “a loving path to take for myself, as well as for another” and “not a possession to give and receive” as Aimee Hermanson finds out when she struggles to forgive someone who appears to express no remorse (p. 10).

Items of Interest
‘This makes us see glimpses of God’
September 26, 2011

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