Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

How many chances have you been given lately to forgive someone, to “bury the hatchet,” handle and all, and let it be, not bring it up again even in your mind?

That’s hard, isn’t it? Forgiveness is one of those sticky points we as humans have to struggle with year after year, religion after religion, spiritual practice after spiritual practice. It’s not a new lesson or one that’s only for the initiated, not one of those secret messages.

Native Americans knew what “bury the hatchet” (and no, not in someone’s head) meant, we do, too. “Forgive seven times seven,” Jesus said. In Buddhism, the practice of forgiveness is the practice of understanding and compassion. Forgiving others, and ourselves, is one of the most important of Islamic teachings.

In other words, holding resentment is a human condition. And as humans, we are to call on our intellect to see how lack of forgiveness hurts us as much as it hurts another. To see that someone else’s hurt is also our hurt.

We hold resentment and anger and it eats away at us.

Put it down. It serves nothing.

Our prayer a simple one, for any religion: Holy One, help me to love and forgive.

2 thoughts on “Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

  1. Chris Ann CARNELIA says:

    Oh Janet, you so speak to me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your writings for Lent. Bless you and thank you for sharing such wonderful gems of goodness with us!

    God Bless, hi to Cliff too… love, Chris


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