February is for FORGIVENESS
The winter provides a lot of opportunities to hibernate - stay in and watch a show, read, play board games with the family, sleep-in, etc... But sometimes I find that winter (especially February) is a time where I get lost in my thoughts. I start overthinking, over analyzing, and ultimately digging myself into a hole.
I can't help but reflect on negative attributes or tough experiences where I find myself in prayer asking for forgiveness. I am not perfect... no one is; and that is just the thing we need to understand. Even though we have our wrongs we hope to be made right by God through prayer, there are other people struggling with this same concept.
So when we find ourselves praying for the forgiveness we hope to receive, let us also turn to our brothers and sisters and extend the grace of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not always about the other person. Forgiveness is something that helps us let go of anger, hate, resentment, or any negative feelings that weigh us down.
Forgiveness is freeing...
Let's use the month of February to start preparing our hearts to be open and light as we move into Lent. Lent is a time to renew. Let's use February to not only ask for forgiveness, but to also forgive.
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