Forgiven, I Must Forgive

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Jehovah, Lord God Almighty:

 

Woke up this morning to find

Waiting in my living room

A man whose presence was a shock

Someone I know to not be kind.

 

He looked so healthy and young

Last I saw him he was old and weak

What brings this man here today?

All I had he has from me wrung.

 

We sat in silence and neither smiled

He looked troubled and unhappy

I didn’t know what to say

He spoke saying “It’s been a while.”

 

“I wanted to come and apologize

For all the things I’ve done to you.

It’s my fault, I know, you’re in that chair

A fact I no longer can deny.

 

You trusted me from day one

And I let you down repeatedly

You wanted to believe in me

But couldn’t with all I’ve done.”

 

He paused then and bowed his head

What did he expect from me?

Forgiveness, love, gratitude or more?

What if it was words never read?

 

The words of Jesus rang in my mind

“And forgive us our debts

As we forgive our debtors…”

The push from Jesus was so kind.

 

This is where faith and life have met.

Please Dear God, the I Am

Lend me your strength to forgive

Help me even to forget

 

“It’s hard to say I forgive you,

For yes it’s true I bear the cost

Of your sins and consequences

But with God it is what I will do.

 

In His grace and mercy He’s shown

How I can forgive you for the stripes

For the betrayal, the broken trust

For every time you beat me down.”

 

He nodded his head and made to leave

I wondered then if he’d be back

But somehow I knew he wouldn’t be

He was now free indeed I believe.

 

Amen.

        d.f.a.v. 5/13/14

Forgiven I must forgive,

–Donna

 

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