“But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I God? You planned something bad for me, but God produced something good from it, in order to save the lives of many people, just as he’s doing today. Now, don’t be afraid. I will take care of you and your children.” So he put them at ease and spoke reassuringly to them.”
Asking for forgiveness is hard. It means realizing and accepting that we’ve hurt someone…and it means accepting responsibility.
Asking for forgiveness is also deeply intimate. It means acknowledging that the relationship we have with someone is close enough that we can hurt them…it means being vulnerable.
In every situation where there is hurt, sometimes we are Joseph, and sometimes we are his brothers.
When we are the person who needs forgiving, may God grant us the words to ask for it, and move the heart of the person we have wronged to see the sincerity of our plea.
And when we are the person who needs to grant forgiveness, may God fill us with His Spirit so that we will act in love, not with fear or malice, and forgive the sincere requester.
It is my prayer today that we will see each day is a new chance to act with compassion and offer forgiveness…may our eyes, ears, and heart be opened to the new beginnings forgiveness can offer both for the forgiver and the forgiven…and may God keep us responding in such a way as to repair all our relationships…Amen!