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​Spiritual Friday: Forgiveness

For our recent Spiritual Friday, we spoke about the gift of forgiveness – for others and for ourselves.

"You surrender to a lot of things which are not worthy of you. I wish you would surrender to your radiance, your integrity, your beautiful human grace." - Yogi Bhajan

We spoke about forgiveness as not condoning a behavior (ours or another's) but rather choosing to no longer be a victim to the pain. When it comes to self-forgiveness, we must remember that punishing ourselves for past mistakes or hurts does not heal us, nor does it change us; loving ourselves does.

The patients shared then shared a few prayers:

"O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted on us; remember the fruits we have borne thanks to this suffering - our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart which has grown out of all of this; and when they come to the judgement, let all the fruits we have borne be their forgiveness." - Unknown, Ravensbruck Concentration Camp

This profoundly beautiful prayer needs to be shared over and over again. Forgiveness is for us, so that we may be instruments of such peace.

Forgiveness Prayer
If I have harmed anyone in any way, either
knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions,
I ask their forgiveness.
If anyone has harmed me in any way, either
knowingly or unknowingly through their own confusions,
I forgive them.
And if there is a situation that I am not yet
ready to forgive,
I forgive myself for that.
For all the ways, I harm myself, negate, doubt,
belittle myself, judge or be unkind to
myself through my own confusions,
I forgive myself.

With love,
Reverend Laurie Durgan