Today our town was blanketed with a beautiful snow that cancelled school. The little boys played out in the back yard and I walked around catching the quiet loveliness of snow resting on branches with my camera.
This particular shot made me think of the scripture in the first chapter of Isaiah (1:18) that says “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
The contrast of the red berries covered by the white snow had me lost in thought as forgiveness has been on my mind quite a lot lately. I am a completely imperfect person. I have done so many things wrong in my lifetime. I will continue to make mistakes for the rest of my life. It is just fact.
Others have wronged me. I have wronged others. No matter which side of that equation I am on, it never feels good. But I can tell you what does feel good – forgiveness and forgiving.
The beauty of the scripture, the beauty of our reality, is that the Lord has promised us that he will forgive us. He will give us a clean slate. He is willing to take the redness of the berries and blanket them with the most beautifully white snow. He will take our sins and make us clean. Because He loves us that much.
Likewise, we can do the same for ourselves and everyone else. We can let go of anger, disappointment, sadness and pain by forgiving others. We can see them as we are, imperfect human beings who need a clean slate. We can forgive and NEVER LOOK BACK.
I don’t want to hold on to negative feelings. I don’t want to hold grudges. I don’t want to be a harsh judge of others. I want to love. I want to feel full of joy and goodness and goodwill towards those around me.
Please forgive me. If I have ever done anything to hurt or offend you, I am sorry.
Please forgive others if they have ever done anything to hurt or offend you - even if they aren’t sorry.
Please forgive yourself. Most of all, forgive yourself and move forward.
This life is too short to be unforgiving.
A clean slate is waiting . . .