Friends of The Good Shepherd,
I hope that you are having a good week, filled with the realization of God’s love and peace!
On Sunday, we will hear Peter ask Jesus: “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” This seems to be a reasonable question on the part of Peter. Forgiving one time can be hard enough, but seven times would be so much harder. But Jesus responds: “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. The point Jesus is trying to make is that forgiveness needs to be a part of our lives, just as loving is a part of our lives. We are not called to love some of the time and only under certain circumstances, we are called to love all the time. The same is true with forgiveness, we are called to be people of forgiveness all the time. And forgiveness is about letting go of someone or something that has a negative hold on our lives. Forgiveness does not mean staying in harms way, or that we approve what someone has done to us, it is about letting go. Sometimes this can be extremely difficult, but it is important for our health and well being. What or who has a negative hold on your life? Ask God to help you to begin the process of forgiveness.
See you Sunday!
Peace! Pastor Dan