One: It may be the hardest thing we will ever do,
Many: Caught up in our self-righteousness, honing our pain.
One: The one who offended may not deserve forgiveness
Many: And we are not obliged to offer it.
One: Why, then, should we forgive?
Many: Because we have all caused pain.
One: Because we all miss the mark.
Many: Because we can deepen our souls if we forgive.
One: Because restoring even one relationship heals many hearts.
Many: Because we would be forgiven ourselves.
One: Because drawing closer to one another builds our communities.
Many: Because the alternative is endless bitterness.
One: Because the world we seek to create is a world filled with forgiveness.
Many: Because we need not remain caught up in our self-righteousness and pain.
One: It may be the hardest thing we will ever do.
All: Let us take the first step now.