ONE: Forgiveness

17 03 2008

Father, forgive them for the know not what they do — Luke 23:34

Could we forgive as Jesus forgives?

Could we, as homosexuals, bisexuals, transgendered forgive the churches who have rejected us and even persecuted us because of who we are?

Could we forgive those who promote and live in an ex-gay ministry, who seek to invalidate our identity?

Could we forgive the companies we work for, who by their very nature dehumanize us for the sake of a profit, and who make us cogs in the great machine of corporate America?

If we could, what would be the cost to ourselves and to our community which we love so much?

I heard of an Anglican priest in the United Kingdom who renounced the priesthood because she could not forgive those who initiated the attacks in London on 7/7. I give her a great deal of credit, for in her admittance of her inability to forgive, she shows how much we, as the Body of Christ, need to look more closely at what it means to forgive others. In her weakness, I pray that God’s strength will totally shine through and open a path for all of us as a community of believers to forgive the wrongs that have been done to us and we have done to each other.

Reconciliation is not possible without forgiveness.

Father, help me to forgive them as you have forgiven me.



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