Today’s Reflection

OUR RELUCTANCE to offer forgiveness…ties us to the past and impedes both the present moment and the future potential of life. My lack of forgiveness holds me captive as much as it keeps another person in subjugation to my conscious and unconscious resentment. The Latin word for mercy is very revealing in this regard. Eleison literally means to unbind, as our related English word liaison means bond. When we refuse to forgive, we hold others firmly enmeshed in the bondage of our judgment; when we forgive, we loose others from the attachments of our anger and vengefulness, freeing ourselves in the process.

– Marjorie J. Thompson
Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past

From “Our Resistance to Forgiveness” by Marjorie J. Thompson, page 60 in Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past, compiled by Amy Lyles Wilson. Copyright © 2008 by Fresh Air Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Who do you need to forgive? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.

Psalm 130:5, NRSV

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This week we remember: Ignatius of Loyola (August 8).

Lectionary Readings

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