"Forgiveness is God's invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And he invites us all to forgive each other." ~Lewis B. Smedes~
Today our Sunday School lesson was on forgiveness. I'm a pretty forgiving person. I have realized the futility of holding grudges. In the recovery classes I teach, I tell my ladies that forgiveness doesn't let the one who hurt you off the hook; it just gets their hooks out of you.
As the lesson went on and I began to truly examine my heart, I realized there were a few people in my life that I've allowed to hurt me over and over. Actually, their actions are not overt...their hurt is caused by the act of omission.
Abandonment. It is hard to come to terms with being avoided...forgotten...
Especially by people who say they love you.
Especially when you are drowning in grief.
But I need to forgive.
I will forgive.