Forgiveness and mercy are such important components of end-of-life times, in my opinion. This notion was reinforced to me by many of the terminally or chronically ill young people whom I interviewed for my book, Journeys of Heartache and Grace.
Along those lines, last week at our church service, I read a wonderful Prayer of Confession which spoke to me. Below is a part of that Prayer. May it speak to you, and may all your days in this New Year be full of forgiveness. Melody
O God we seek your mercy … yet we ourselves look for payback when we are wronged.
We think it ‘only fair’ and ‘what is right’ when we retaliate and use harsh words and withdraw from relationship.
The forgiveness you offer on our account is larger than we can comprehend, still we withhold forgiveness and carry the grudge over petty items.
We are eager to do your judging. And the worst: we conspire our inner thoughts to secure your forgiveness while avoiding honest repentance.
Forgive us for the sins we know in our hearts. Save us from the sins we hide.
God is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and has not dealt with us according to our sins. This gift of forgiveness makes us able, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to choose to forgive, renew and live again in right relationship with each other and with God. Amen.