It was easy
to write about You,
when I could speak of you far away
and not smack in the middle of my lap!
“As you forgive, so shall you be forgiven”
My Catholic conscience rings out the verse
I didn’t know it would be so hard to do…
It was easy to tell others,
“Oh, just forgive and it will be okay,
You have to go on for another day.”
I have heard many charitable and religious quotes
from well-intentioned friends and folks,
“You needed to learn from this experience”…
“God loves you and so do I”…
“Let it go…forgive”
“Not forgiving allows that person to take up free rent in your brain!”
“You shall be forgiven as you forgive”
Hurt and anger are wrapped around you so tight!
It is difficult to believe everything will be alright.
Then the words of the Gospel came to me again:
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
Once more you are trying to enter into my heart, Friend,
WHO are you?
WHY do you plague me so?
You are asking a great deal of me!
You were easy to speak about
when it was not so personal!
“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
Forgiveness, how do I reach YOU?