To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Lewis B. Smedes
Meditation: The expression“being saved by Jesus” is often used among more conservative Christians to talk about the hope of “not going to hell”. But what if “hell” already starts here on earth? I believe that we create our own “hell” by holding onto grudges, pains, rage, judgments and prejudices. Letting go of these human behaviors that imprison us is a deeply spiritual act, yet impossible without God’s Spirit that first of all offers us forgiveness and unconditional acceptance. Once I receive forgiveness for my own judgments of others, my wrong doings and my missed opportunities to love, I am releasing myself from the prison of “hell on earth”. And this is how I then become able to forgive others, as I join God’s healing and saving intent. Just as “hell” starts on earth so “Heaven” can already begin here on earth.
Prayer: I am amazed by You, God. You hate prisons. Especially prisons that we create ourselves. You want to set us free. You want us to experience Heaven by preparing a table before us. You fill our cup so that it overflows. As we sit in our self-created imprisoning darkness, and as we grow increasingly “sick and tired” of being “sick and tired”, You come walking by our prison door to open it. You allow us to “grab You”, and hold onto You for dear life. You are our healing place, and Your deep joy is to save us from ourselves. And as you set us free, You enable us to forgive others. We are invited to help You prepare bread and wine for all to share. You are already here. “Heaven” begins now. And we are grateful. Amen
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:14