Friday, December 04, 2015

I say I forgive them – v4

I say I forgive them
for the hurt they caused me;
I have spoken it often
I pray it frequently, repeating,
as I drive down from Houlton;
but what would I say, really,
if they were standing beside me
what if they saw me in church
or down at Debbie’s Deli,
would I say, “I forgive you”
if they were right in my face?

How do I react in my body,
my blood vessels, my feelings,
when I see a status update
their picture on Facebook,
or words on Twitter,
Bringing me back
to the moment they hurt me;
I say I forgive them
but is the wound still open
not yet scar tissue, healed,
smooth to my touch.

edited December 4, 2015
I say I forgive them – v4

(editing version 3)
edited October 11, 2015
I say I forgive them – v3
(editing version 2)
edited July 12, 2014
I say I forgive them – v2
July 9, 2014
I say I forgive them
message entitled:
“Heal the Wound but Leave the Scar”
(see song by Point of Grace)
by Tammy Goetsch
Military Street Baptist Church
Jeremiah 29:11
Jeremiah’s Corner
led by Ellen Alward Dickinson
centering prayer by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
July 7, 2014

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