15/7/2006

Forgiveness

Filed under: — Bravus @ 6:32 am

I love these words, from ‘Forgiveness Waltz’ by Jonathan Rundman:

these are hard words to hear
in a world where nothing is free
and it’s hard to trust in a promise
that sounds too good to believe
but know that it’s true
this is for you

it’s so easy to drown
in the numbers and judgements and earnings
keeping score, keeping track, keeping time
as the hours keep turning
but you can turn a new way
it’s a new day

it’s like a dance
it’s like a wheel
less like math
less like a deal
more like a heartbreak
beginning to heal
we can start over
we know forgiveness

Sometimes we’re not so good at extending forgiveness to others: in the last few weeks I’ve heard quite a few people raising old hurts and resentments against their brothers and sisters from childhood, or quarrels about money. I think Jesus had the picture on that:

“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” – Luke 7:47, NIV

This was in the context of a discussion between Jesus, a prostitute and a leading religious ruler. It’s when we understand that we’ve been forgiven a lot (by others, as well as by God) that we’re in a place where we’re ready to dance forgiveness with others. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve been given lots of forgiveness in my life, because I’ve needed it.

2 responses to “Forgiveness”

  1. Sirdar says:

    OK…I forgive you for moving back to Australia!! 🙂

    Actually I am very happy for you and your family for being back home with family. And, as an added bonus, it gives me a place to stay when I actually do make it down there 😉

  2. Bravus says:

    Thank you – your forgiveness empowers me to go forth and forgive the &#%^@s who run the IT here… 😉

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