Past betrayals and shortcomings continue to upset us, unexpectedly disturbing our peace by aggravating old wounds. We find ourselves haunted by the pain others have caused us and the pain we have inflicted on others. May God give us the strength to forgive those who hurt us. We acknowledge forgiveness not as an erasure of harmful acts, but as a search for peace through acceptance of reality. May we follow Jesus’ example when we make our own apologies, atoning wholly without the condition of acceptance from the other person. Most importantly, may God guide us in forgiving ourselves, in finding peace through quieting our internal cycles of shame and blame.
Photo by Ellen Kneeskern '18