The English language is a complicated one. For example, heard and bird have completely different vowels and still rhyme. On the other hand, good and food look much more similar and do not rhyme. These oddities pale in comparison to the hardest words to pronounce. The three most difficult phrases to speak are: “I’m sorry,” “please forgive me,” and “apology accepted.”
Of course, this has nothing to do with the actual sound of the words themselves and everything to do with the hearts of the people that need to say them and that need to hear them. The ability to forgive and to be forgiven is among the most powerful acts that are available to us. The denial of forgiveness can yielded like a weapon, continuously causing pain. The gift of forgiveness can begin the work of illustrating that our futures can be different from our pasts.
I read once that sin is like a nail being pounded into a piece of wood. Forgiveness, however, is the act of pulling out the nails. There is still a scar. You can still see where the nail was, but the removal of the nail has opened the possibility for the piece of wood to be built into something new. Forgiveness does not make us forget the past, but it does create the possibility to be something new.
It brings to mind that from the cross, Jesus said these words, “Father, forgive thePastor's Pen, for they do not know what they are doing.” From that crucifixion and the subsequent resurrection, we have been given forgiveness. It is a new beginning, a new creation. It is a forgiveness that has freed us from the shackles of death and given way to life.
So, who in your life do you need to forgive? Who in your life do you need do you need to ask for forgiveness? Give it. Receive it. Follow the way of the cross and let forgiveness open the possibility to a tomorrow that looks different than the pain of the past. Go in peace.
Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Fears grew up on a farm in the little town, Lacona, Iowa. He received his college education at Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa, and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. He lives in the church parsonage with his two children Addison and Sawyer in Appleton.
Pastor Roger Fears
249 S Behl St
Appleton MN 56208-1619