Forgiveness is something we need to be practicing all year round. Without it, how could our relationships possibly survive? Truth is they don’t. So many of our relationships are barely alive, the light in them snuffed out by the toxic baggage of suppressed resentment, anger, or even rage. We may be walking through our days and our relationships just going through the motions, having long given up on the other person, having long given up on ourselves. They have hurt us, we believe, not necessarily in big ways, but unrelentingly in small ways. They do not see us for who we really are. They do not hear us anymore. They believe they know us, but they don’t. And that’s the pain – it’s what the numbness inside now hides.
Deeper forgiveness, the forgiveness for the little things, this can breathe life back into relationships. When we forgive the other, we are able to see them with new eyes and hear them with fresh ears. And love can flow again - Love, the healer of all things, the bringer of new possibilities.
This season of repentance (and throughout the year) Dear G-d, let me give of forgiveness to all, that I may be able to look at those in my life anew, that I may once again share love with those that I love. Amen.