A dozen eggs of forgiveness

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
Release yourself from the burden of resentment.
See how much energy it takes?
Lay it down.

Break free from the limits of being compensated.
No one could pay what it was worth anyway.
Let yourself be a gift.

Come out of the tomb of the past.
Why keep repeating Act I?
Let that scene be over now.

You can live in this imperfect life
or sleep through it with nightmares
of how it was supposed to have been.

You are dancing, not fighting.
People crash into you.
Keep dancing.

Don’t chain yourself to what you deserve,
which is so small and heavy.
Receive what is given, which is infinite.

What’s wrong with you? Nothing.
You haven’t been damaged after all. Still there.
Well then don’t mess yourself up with bitterness.

Life is full of troubles. Always was.
Don’t add to it by calculating whether yours
are somebody’s fault.

The only one who can dishonor your soul is you.
Don’t do that for anybody. Carry on
as if you have been honored. Because you are.

What if there is only one forgiveness, yours and theirs,
and it’s not divided? What if they are as forgiven as you—
and you are infinitely so? Will you accept it?

You have both been rescued and are fighting for a place
in a lifeboat that is not yours,
a boat much more spacious than yours.

What if your compassion were so great
that you loved them despite their misdeeds?
Or is that lack what you’re really angry about?

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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