‘Forgiveness offers everything I want.’
What could you want that forgiveness cannot give? Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it. Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world? Do you want care and safety, and the warmth of sure protection always? Do you want a quietness that cannot be disturbed, a gentleness that can never be hurt, a deep abiding comfort, and a rest so perfect it can never be upset?
All this forgiveness offers you, and more. It sparkles on your eyes as you awake, and gives you joy with which to meet the day. It soothes your forehead while you sleep, and rests upon your eyelids so you see no dreams of fear and evil, malice and attack. And when you wake again it offers you another day of happiness and peace. All this forgiveness offers you and more.
Remembering the gifts that forgiveness gives, we undertake our practice today with hope and faith that this will be the day salvation will be ours. Morning and evening we will gladly give a quarter of an hour to the search in which the end of hell is guaranteed. Begin in hopefulness, for we have reached the turning point at which the road becomes far easier.
Sink into happiness as you begin these practice periods, Forgiveness gives you everything you want. Today all things you want are given to you. Remind yourself how precious are these gifts with this reminder, which has the power to hold your gifts in your awareness through the day:
Forgiveness offers everything I want.
Today I have accepted this as true.
Today I have received the gifts of God.
I read this lesson and marvelled at the sheer poetry of it. Forgiveness is like a lover that puts zing in your heart and a spring in your step. This one small thing could offer me all this… and more? So why is it so hard to forgive? I know in my case when I’m finding it hard to forgive it’s because I think I’m losing something (usually face) instead of gaining such a vast array of gifts.
If I could remember this at all time, forgiveness would be my second nature. I would not hesitate, would leap at every opportunity to forgive, but it’s not yet second nature, although I am getting better. It was heartening to note that from this point the course gets easier.
I did feel that calm today even when I discovered that (a) the SATNAV I bought yesterday to get me to fit bootcamp this morning didn’t work and we had a run around with Tesco trying to return it, and (b) someone had hacked into my email and was sending out viral messages to all my contacts. Not knowing exactly how to deal with it I switched my laptop off and went Ceroc dancing. Whenever my mind drifted to the hacking I would remind myself of two things:
I tried to find the lesson behind the experience and when I couldn’t I went to sleep with the assurance that it would be revealed in due course.
I’m asking myself if this is a massive distraction from writing the parenting material