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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Forgiveness Prayer

Friend and teacher, Ravenstar, sent me the following simple but profound prayer to say when you're longing to forgive but, for good reasons of your own, wary of forgetting.

Ravenstar wrote: "A way of forgiving another for me, is a simple 5 word sentence.....Thank you for teaching me. This simple sentence not only allows you to forgive someone but also helps you not to forget what happened so that you don't set yourself up to be hurt again. Forgiveness doesn't mean to FORGET the past - just stop investing your energy there. Stay present! Interesting topic!!" Ravenstar adds, "I didn't figure that out myself. I learned it, too.....not sure from who or where.....but it sure helps!"

Interesting topic, indeed. Surely everyone has had to consider whether to forgive or not to forgive someone. And chances are that everyone has heard the old proverb, "forgive and forget." Not forgiving someone always feels terrible to me, especially over time. When I don't forgive it's as if toxic unfinished business stays lodged in my own being; unwanted and intrusive. But none of us wants to be somebody's punching bag either. Letting someone "off the hook" by forgetting what they've done could pose continued problems down the line with that same person. The prayer shared above seems a good, positive solution.

I found a few quotes to ponder:
“Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don't want the other person to forget that we forgave.” ~ Ivern Ball

“Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget.” ~ Maria Edgeworth

“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” ~ Thomas S. Szasz

Please check out the past post, Difficult Situations - Difficult Persons, for further prayers that may be helpful to you.

Do YOU have any thoughts on forgiveness? Stories about forgiving and forgetting; or just forgiving; or just forgetting? If so, please share in the comment section. Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. bohzo (hello)

    Very nice blog, i enjoyed the reading! Have a great day.

    Megwetch (Thanl You)