If September is here, can the cool, crisp days of autumn be far behind?
Fall is a season of reflection to me. It seems as another year is winding down, I tend to contemplate what has been accomplished–or not! But there is still time to quit procrastinating or to step up to “mending fences” if needed.
This was brought to mind last week.
I received a letter!
Not just any old letter, mind you, but fifty years in coming; a letter asking forgiveness.
Since forgiveness on this end had been given many years ago, I had to really think back on the situation that occurred.
A deep, public hurt had taken place, which probably wasn’t handled as wisely or tactfully as could have been on our part.
Those years ago when the perpetrator of the hurt was asked if a public apology could be made for lack of “gentleness,” the answer came. No! No forgiveness.
Fifty years later a request for our forgiveness came from a leader.
Blessings are strange and wonderful things. They are unpredictable and unexpected. But I felt like God gave me an overdue hug.
Two reasons I was so blessed.
One, because we are each one frail, fallible creatures, we are quick to blame, never quick to forgive or forget. Even fifty years past is a good time to put the past where it belongs.
Second, there is no real peaceable way to go forward without resolution of hurts, bitterness. And I believe the one who wrote can now really progress.
She says, “Forgiveness is the key which unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It breaks the chains and shackles of selfishness.”
A challenge for us could be that if there exists even one person, alive or dead, against whom we are unforgiving, have a funeral!
It won’t change the past but can change the future.
Maybe a letter is needed?