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A Place to Forgive and to Be Forgiven

For those we have hurt in any way, whether through words or deed or thoughts.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For the excuses we have made, just to be right.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For the blame we have placed on someone else, again and again.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For passing up the opportunity to help because we were afraid.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For hiding the truth from someone.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For working beyond the anger and resentment.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For the times I have not felt heard.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

Forgiveness is never easy, whether for yourself or someone else.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

About the Author

Cathy Cartwright-Chow

Cathy Cartwright-Chow worked as a community activist with organizations such as Dayton Women Working and the Dayton Community Media Workshop prior to her calling as a religious educator. Her undergraduate work was in fine arts and theater with continuing education in religious studies....

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