During Lent at St. Thomas’ Parish we’re reading together at 10 a.m. on Sundays Dennis Maynard’s book, Forgive and Get Your Life Back. The five week series, The Journey of Forgiveness, continues tomorrow, March 20, with a session entitled “Forgiving and Forgetting.”
If I weren’t helping to lead the series, I might just stop with my knee-jerk reaction to the session title, which is “HA! Fat Chance!!” It’s what my skeptical side has always felt when I read Psalm 103:
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
God will not always accuse us,
nor will God keep his anger for ever.
God has not dealt with us according to our sins,
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
For as the heavens ar3e high above the earth,
so is God’s mercy great upon those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has God removed our sins from us.
I’ve always been puzzled by the fact that the one thing many, perhaps most, religious people can’t abide is belief in God’s forgiveness of us; and maybe it’s why so often we can’t imagine really forgiving, much less forgetting, the sins of others against us.
That’s the challenge we’re taking up tomorrow. Come join in the conversation!No comments