Forgiveness

Dear God,

A dream last night pointed out an unforgiveness in me.  I have written about the underlying message of the dream.  And maybe, just maybe, I have forgiven—because I think I understand.  And forgiveness comes before understanding and leads to it.

Thank You for speaking to me in a dream.  I understand from the Bible that dreams are a prime way that You get our attention.  Thank You.

Amen.

Forgiveness

Dear God,

Thank You for guiding me through a forgiveness exercise this morning.  It is said, “Forgive and then you will come to understand.”  And that is exactly what happened.  I am very grateful for the change in my mood that a genuine forgiveness of another actually caused to happen.

Let me always remember that if I am perturbed, it is possible that there is an unrecognized unforgiveness that disturbs my peace.

Thank You for taking away that barrier between You and me.

Amen.

Forgiveness

Dear God,

You know that I am seeking to forgive someone I haven’t seen in a year, but will see again in a month.  I know that “to understand all is to forgive all.”  But, more importantly, “Forgive, and then you will come to understand.”

Soothe my troubled spirit and let me come into that loving space that forgives all things in all people.

Thank You.

Amen.

Forgiveness

Dear God,

We all need forgiveness.  If we don’t think others deserve forgiveness, then we also think we don’t—and then the only solution is to try to be perfect, so that we don’t make any mistakes.  Who among us would claim such a thing?

A Course in Miracles has forgiveness as its central tenet, forgiveness of our brother, and our brother is everyone out there, including, of course, our sister.  May I dwell today on forgiveness as a positive virtue, and may I extend it to others and also to myself.

Thank You for guiding my heart to this Answer.

Amen.

Rejection

Dear God,

Rejection hurts.  I know that some of this is retribution for my own rejections. Forgive me.  Help me to forgive others.  We all do the best we can at any given time.

I need a magnanimous heart.  This will set me, once again, right with You.  Open my heart to bleed a little.  Soften my responses.  Above all, forgiveness.

Thank You.

Amen.

Apology

Dear God,

I apologized to my husband today.  As You know, I have been on a diet, and this seems to make me short of temper.  He accepted my apology, and we are on the way back to normal in our relationship.

Let me never forget the part that forgiveness of another, and forgiveness of myself, plays in good interactions.  Thank You for prompting me to say the right words to him this morning.

Amen.

Forgiveness

Dear God,

I am in a forgiving mood today.  Surely other people say and do things that upset me, but this world is a world of madness; they don’t understand what living well is all about.

I don’t understand what living well is all about, either, but I do make living well my aim.  Staying in a calm demeanor allows me to listen without saying anything, if what I hear upsets me. 

Guide my forgiveness today.

Amen.

Forgiveness

Dear God,

We never give up the need to forgive, until, that is, we realize that there is really nothing to forgive.  Everything that has happened, has happened in illusion.  So there have been no real effects.  A Course in Miracles says this.

But I am not yet at the point when I realize that there is really nothing to forgive; I still need the exercise of forgiveness.  And help me to forgive today.  Hurts seem real, but the sooner I forgive, the more quickly soothing waters of forgetfulness wash over me.  And when one has forgotten, then is forgiveness ever easy.

Thank You for making it so easy for me.

Amen.

Forgiveness

Dear God,

Thank You for opening my mind and heart to mysteries from the universe.  Letting me know more of Your laws from my reading.  This knowledge just opens me up to gratitude.  You have designed a perfect universe, and it is only our mistakes that foul it up.

May my mistakes dwindle today.  I know that You forgive any and all mistakes, that they are as nothing when You consider them.  Grant me the forgiveness that is in Your nature.

Thank You.

Amen.

Giving Slack

Dear God,

I pray for a friend, a friend who has serious health conditions.  Sometimes I don’t know where she is coming from, and I think my confusion is because I don’t know the extent of her troubles.

Help me to always give her some slack, some slack especially when I don’t understand what is motivating her thoughts and actions.  In fact, all of us, sick and well, could use some slack.  In slack, we know forgiveness of anything and everything that we don’t comprehend.  In slack, we love.

Amen.