During Lent the Bread Line Columns will be ideas from
“A Practical Christianity” by Jane Shaw
Knowing we are forgiven is about being free (and freed). Engaging in the act of forgiving is also about being free (and freed). It often seems easier to judge, regulate, and resent. But it is actually freeing when we discover we do not have to do any of that. We often do not want to forgive people, but we do want to be free. Freedom from our resentments leads us to living
without fear. And we all want that.
Molly Peacock writes this poem to conjure up just that feeling:
Forgiveness is not an abstraction for
It needs a body to feel its relief.
Knees, shoulders, spine are required to adore
The lightness of a burden removed. Grief,
Like a journey over water completed,
Slides its keel in the packed sand reef.
Forgiveness is contact with the belief
that your only life must now be lived. Knees
once sank into the leather of the pew with all
the weight of created hell, of whom you did not ease,
or what you did not seize. Now the shortfall
that crippled your posture finds sudden peace
in the muscular, physical brightness
of a day alive: the felt lightness
of existence self-created, forgiveness.
The experience of knowing we are forgiven is a physical thing. We feel the breaking apart in our bodies and our souls, that true breaking apart which leads to a true knitting together of us and God and our fellow human beings, and thus to life at its fullest.
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