A reflection on forgiveness and reconciliation

Reflections for the day

1 John 2
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

1 John 1:9-11
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

Acts 3:19

 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”


We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another. –William Law

A reflection on forgiveness and reconciliation

Heavenly Father,

Heavenly Father, thou art Our Heavenly Father who is loving, and thou art Our Heavenly Father who is compassionate, and thou loves each and every one of us. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and we acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and we acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by time and and we acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by energy. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that enables all of Mankind to love thou with all of a heart, and to love thou with all of a soul, and to love thou with all of a mind, and to love thou with all of a strength. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that enables thou love for all of Mankind to overspill into a relationship, and we acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that enables all of Mankind to love thou neighbour, in thou way that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, loves us all.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge that many find a difficulty to forgive another who has wronged a self. We are able to see in a way that is clear that for some it is difficult to let go of an anger, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that for some it is hard to forgive another when there is anger. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some desire to see a justice prevail, and that some see that to forgive a situation where a justice is meted may be seen by another as condoning an act. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some prefer a self who has offended, and a self who has caused an upset to not be forgiven. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some desire an outcome that can be described as an “eye for an eye” and a “tooth for a tooth.” We are able to see in a way that is clear that some find it difficult to forgive another who has offended, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that there is an occasion where some are unable to come to terms with a forgiveness for another, if another has declined to proffer a sorrow for a word that has been spoke, or a deed that has been done.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that during thou ministry of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, that it was revealed that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, came into thou world to redeem all of Mankind from all sins, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that as a consequence a self is able to turn to thou, and a self is able to ask thou for a forgiveness for an error of a way. Thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, revealed to all upon the cross that a love will triumph over an evil by thou a word of forgiveness that was uttered from the cross for all who had condemned thou Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and by a response of a promise in paradise to a thief who repented from the cross, who died alongside thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect upon an occasion in the Second World War when there was much destruction, and we reflect upon an occasion in the Second World War when there was a destruction of thou church of St Michaels of Coventry. We acknowledge there was a time of suffering, and we acknowledge that there was a time when many were killed. We acknowledge that at this time a man named Provost Howard inscribed upon a remnant of the altar of thou church of St Michaels, “Father, forgive.” We acknowledge that at a time that was later that thou Cathedral of Coventry was one that was constructed, and we acknowledge that thou Cathedral of Coventry was one that was constructed on the ruin of thou church of St Michaels.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge the anniversary of 50 years of the consecration of thou Cathedral of Coventry. We acknowledge that a mission at a time of 50 years ago was one of reconciliation, and we acknowledge that a mission at a time of 50 years ago was of one to reconcile thou nation of The British Isles with thou nation of Germany.

Heavenly Father, we ask for thou blessing on the works that are good of thou Cathedral of Coventry, and we ask for thou blessing on its rededication as a memorial to a victim of war who is described as a civilian.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that the works that are good of thou Cathedral of Coventry are ones that have been adopted by thou churches and by another, and we acknowledge that the works that are good of thou Cathedral of Coventry are ones that have been adopted toward a working of peace in thou world.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all of Mankind in a life that is one that is led daily, and we ask thou to guide a self to perceive and to discern that thou desire is for all of Mankind to love thou neighbour, in thou way that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, loves us all. We ask thou to guide a self to understand that a self  who has offended a self, and a self who has caused an upset has a capacity for good. We hope and we pray that all of Mankind is able to reflect carefully upon the nature of forgiveness and we hope and we pray that all of Mankind is able to see a way forward in a way that is clear that by forgiving, a self is able to free a self from a feeling of anger, and that a self is are able to free a self from a feeling of bitterness, and that by forgiving, a self is able to provide an opportunity for a self to transform a life of a self, and that by thou power of forgiveness that a self is are able to draw nearer to thou.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and we uphold all that hath been spake in thou name of thou Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and we uphold all that hath been spake in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who together with thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is thou Redeemer and thou Saviour for all of Mankind, now and always, for evermore.

Amen


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Posted on May 25, 2012, in conquering evil, endurance, forgiveness, forgiveness and reconciliation, suffering and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. daphnewilliams

    Loving Father,
    It is so easy to say something in haste and repent at leisure. We pray that thou will help us to think before we speak and to tone down our words so that they still have meaning and not to criticise unnecessarily. Amen

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