The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Practicing forgiveness

It's how you'll let go of burdens and increase compassion

For most of us, our past is a mixed bag of great memories, gut-wrenching losses and some in-between stuff. I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago who said something like, “If only I could let go of the things that happened in the past.”

Practicing Forgiveness
We can’t say yes to today when we are burdened by the pains of our past. When we forgive, we let go of those burdens.
That seems to be the hardest part for all of us. The majority of my clients, people I work with as a life coach, have difficulty embracing the present because they — like so many of us — spend much of the precious present trying to make sense of the past. We mull over what should have, could have, would have been if only we had or she had or he had done whatever.

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