Weekend Plunge: What Forgiveness Takes

“It took years for God to start shifting the cold indifference I felt for my grandfather. And the biggest shift happened when I started writing laments.”
We may think we understand forgiveness, but often when we attempt forgiveness, we find out just how hard it can be. But maybe it isn’t supposed to be easy – and maybe what makes it so difficult is actually what makes it most restorative. This article looks at lament, seen in the Bible everywhere from the psalms to Jesus weeping in the garden, as something not to be bottled up and avoided, but as a tool for complete healing and forgiveness.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
    so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
    hear my urgent cry.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
    and you will answer me.”
-Psalm 86:5-7

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