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Spo Fans – this is a long one but stay with me – it’s a hoot!!
Back in college, I remember going to a prayer meeting. I don’t recall the details other than I found it depressing and comical. I was given this pamphlet, called “The Forgiveness Prayer”.
The Forgiveness Prayer.
Lord Jesus Christ, I ask today to forgive everyone in my life. I know that You will give me strength to forgive and I thank You that You love more than I love myself and want my happiness more than I desire it myself.
Lord, I forgive MYSELF for my sins, faults, and failings. For all that is truly bad in myself or all that I think is bad, I do forgive myself.
For any delvings in the occult, Ouija boards, horoscopes, séances, fortune telling, lucky charms.
For taking Your name in vain; for not worshipping You.
For hurting my parents; for getting drunk; for taking drugs; for sins against purity; for adultery; for abortion; for stealing; for lying. I am truly forgiving myself today. Thank You Lord for Your grace at this moment.
I truly forgive MY MOTHER. I forgive her for all the times she hurt me, she resented me, she was angry with me and for all the times she punished me. I forgive her for the times she preferred my brothers and sisters to me. I forgive her for the times she told me I was clumsy, ugly, stupid, the worst of the children, or that I cost the family a lot of money. For the times she told me I was unwanted, an accident, a mistake, or not what she expected I forgive her.
I forgive MY FATHER. I forgive him for any non-support, any lack of love, affection or attention. I forgive him for any lack of time, for not giving me his companionship, for his drinking or arguing and fighting with my mother or the other children. For his severe punishments, for desertion, for being away from home, for divorcing my mother or for any adultery, I do forgive him.
Lord, I extend forgiveness to MY SISTERS AND BROTHERS. I forgive those who rejected me, lied to me, hated me, resented me, competed for my parents’ love, those who hurt me, who physically harmed me. For those who were too severe on me, punished me or made my life unpleasant in anyway, I do forgive them.
Lord, I forgive MY SPOUSE for lack of love, affection, consideration, support, attention, communication, for faults, failings, weaknesses, and those other acts or words that hurt or disturb me.
Jesus, I forgive MY CHILDREN for their lack of respect, obedience, love, attention, support, warmth, understanding; their bad habits, falling away from the church, any bad actions which disturb me.
My God, I forgive my SON/DAUGHTER-IN-LAW and other relatives by marriage, who treat my child with lack of love. For all words, thoughts, actions, or omissions which injure and cause pain, I forgive them.
Please help me to forgive my RELATIVES, my grandmother and grandfather who may have interfered in our family, been possessive of my parents, who may have caused confusion or turned one parents against the other.
Jesus, help me to forgive my CO-WORKERS who are disagreeable or make life miserable for me. For those who push their work off on me, gossip about me, won’t co-operate with me, try to take my job, I do forgive them.
My NEIGHBORS need to be forgiven, Lord. For all their noise, letting their property run down, their pets who are a nuisance, for ignoring and hurting me, I do forgive them.
I now forgive my CLERGYMAN, MY CONGREGATION AND MY CHURCH for all their lack of support, pettiness, lack of friendliness, not affirming me as they should, not providing me with inspiration, for not inviting me to serve in a minor capacity and for any other hurts they have inflicted, I do forgive them.
Lord, I forgive all PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE who have hurt me in any way, doctors, nurses, lawyers, policemen, hospital workers. For anything that they did to me, or my family, I truly forgive them today.
Lord, I forgive my EMPLOYER for not paying me enough money, for not appreciating my work, for being unkind and unreasonable with me, for not promoting me, and for not complimenting me on my work.
Lord, I forgive my SCHOOL TEACHERS AND INSTRUCTORS of the past as well as the present. For those who punished me, humiliated me, insulted me, treated me unjustly, made fun of me, called me dumb or stupid, made me stay after school.
Lord, I forgive my FRIENDS who have let me down, lost contact with me, do not support me, were not available when I needed help, borrowed money and did not return it, gossiped about me.
Lord Jesus, I especially pray for the grace of forgiveness of that ONE PERSON in life who has HURT ME THE MOST. I ask to forgive anyone whom I consider my greatest enemy, the one who is the hardest to forgive or the one whom I said I will never forgive.
Thank you Jesus that I am free of the evil of unforgiveness. Let Your Holy Spirit fill me with light and let every dark area of my mind be enlightened. AMEN
Sometimes when I am unhappy I reread this little gem and I cheer up. In my church we are warned against scrupulosity, which is the constant rehearsing of one’s own minor shortcomings, but I don’t ever recall being advised against the meticulous recitation of the failings of others.