Forgiveness

October 29, 2017, Prescott-

A couple of years ago, one who is closest to me

said “I forgive you”,

in the context of reassuring me

of his filial devotion.

It was not specific to anything,

leaving me to guess,

as to which of several possible

lapses in parental judgment,

to which he might have been referring.

Others, over the years,

have accepted apologies

and held me to my word.

Still others, have simply

dropped out of sight,

though no one ever

drops out of my mind

or heart.

Conversely,

I have forgiven

all but one or two,

of those who caused

my late wife so much

unnecessary pain.

All she wanted was to die in peace.

That was too much for that one,

those two,

whose concern was more about

money,

about rules and regulations,

than human decency.

If I want to be forgiven,

by those whom I have wronged,

then I have to forgive

the worst of the bad,

as well.

Christ said it,

so did Baha’u’llah.

So be it.

 

16 thoughts on “Forgiveness

  1. To my religiously uneducated, understanding, it has always seemed that forgiveness can become somewhat non-specific. One doesn’t have to forgive for a specific event, but may forgive in a more general way. Perhaps that is some of what is happening here?

  2. Indeed.

    When I try to forgive, it requires self-knowledge and honesty. To love God is to know there is really nothing to forgive.

  3. You are so right Gary. Forgiveness is part and parcel of life. Although not very often do we discuss it. I have found it difficult to forgive a person who abused my whole life. But the problem was, that person, was very demanding, and I just couldn’t move on in my life.

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