For a long time, I was unable to pray all the words of the Our Father, also known as the Lord’s Prayer because I felt like a hypocrite doing so. During Mass, when it came time to say “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who trespass against us” I would stop and silently pray instead for the day when I could say those words out loud.
Forgiveness is a hard thing. I know because for a long time I was unable to grasp the concept of what it means to really forgive someone. After a huge falling out within my family, I stopped speaking to many members of my immediate family. It was perhaps one of the hardest times of my life.
I could not forget what they had said and done to cause me to break away from them and I thought that since that was the case, I likewise could not forgive them. Perhaps you are in a similar situation in which a family member has said or done something that is so hurtful to you that you cannot imagine repairing the relationship.
I thought that was the case in my situation. But a good friend of mine told me that “All things are possible with God” and to keep my heart and soul open to the possibilities. I am still working on forgiveness and praying every day for the possibility of repair. I know it will be a slow process, but I also know that God will be with me throughout it.
Do you think you have to “forgive and forget?” Did your faith help you forgive someone in the past? Please share, as it might help other readers.