Today I was thinking about Forgiveness. A few weeks ago I was sitting in church casually enjoying a lesson on forgiveness when the thought hit me like a brick; YOU need to forgive. Ever since that moment I have pondered on forgiveness and what it means. It is difficult for many of us to forgive. I don’t count it as one of my strengths. Women in this lesson brought up occasions where the person you are trying to forgive repeats the actions that hurt; What then? I know the difficulty of forgiveness but I know even better the weight of a grudge and hard heart. Forgiveness is the happier way to go but costs more up front, like most good things in life. To forgive is to see something good that you couldn’t find before. You don’t have to allow yourself to continue to be hurt, pretend the action is okay, or trust someone who has lost credibility with you. Forgiveness requires letting go of hate and letting in acceptance because resentment only hurts your ability to move forward.
Photography by Shelley Foster