Whenever You Stand Praying—-Preamble
I do not stand praying often, but frequently when I go to Danish Language School each morning I stop and stand on Okssahallen gade and pray for all the people passing, and for the commerce of the country, for the fulfillment of each person’s day. I watch passers-by for their expressions and their dress. Sometimes I wave or smile. Sometimes passers-by wave back and smile.
I don’t often have forgiveness on my mind in those moments. Usually, I am thinking of peace and order, and beauty in the world. It seems to be a duty to my soul to bless the world with my small hope for us all. I am exercising my light in the world.
But before bed, I get more inclusive. I may kneel bedside or lie on my back looking up at the ceiling. I address God in various ways, sometimes as the naked word, “God” or as “Heavenly One” or as “All There Is” which names every relationship and role I can think of. I have a warm and silly relationship with God; so I can be casual as well as devout. My prayers have parts:Salutation,Praise and Adoration, Gratitude, Blessings for Others, and Forgiveness.
In the matter of forgiveness, I have long since forgiven myself for mistakes and errors in my younger life and for those things I’ve done knowingly or unknowingly of late that may have hurt others. But I think forgiveness is hard for people to grasp as a spiritual power. Many think it is taking the high ground like one-upmanship to offer forgiveness.That it is more about ego than release.This can block the effort or sully it. But this state of being is part of the Believer’s experience of growth and grace. True forgiveness of another who has wounded you may not have to be offered to the other, but demonstrated. It is equally difficult to admit when you are wrong by saying, “I am sorry” or “I made a mistake.” That chagrinned, self-consciousness that you hold back may reveal a part of you that is not at ease with revealing your vulnerability. But that’s the spiritual stuff to grow on. Humility, Wisdom, Grace, and Self-respect .
Here’s Your Daily Word:
I forgive, and I am forgiven.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
When a disagreement or other conflict occurs, who is responsible for the feelings that are left over? I am. Although the other party played a role, my feelings are my responsibility.
After an upsetting experience, forgiveness is the place to begin. Turning within, I contemplate my divine nature and recognize the divinity in others; I consciously and deliberately forgive any of my words, actions, or thoughts that do not reveal divinity, and I do the same for others.
The moment I forgive, I am receptive to divine forgiveness. This is the promise of the wisest sages and a spiritual truth I live each day.
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you.—Mark 11:25