I hate the feeling of having wounded someone by something I said or did or didn’t say or didn’t do. I carry the weight of that in my bones and my body, actually feeling ill, heavy, small. And yet, it can be so hard to ask for forgiveness, to earnestly apologize and seek a second chance. I’m not sure what that’s about. Not feeling worthy? Worrying it won’t be granted? The stomach churning process of saying out loud how I screwed up? It is hard to authentically ask for forgiveness.
But it is equally hard (harder sometimes) to grant forgiveness. It is hard to give up power over someone who wronged us, to risk opening ourselves up to being wounded again.
And yet, we pray for both of these things week after week. We pray that God will forgive us, and we pray that we will be forgivers, too. This week, the parable of the unforgiving debtor frames our exploration. It’s a scenario we can imagine all too easily—a servant has his astronomical debt cancelled and then turns around and demands that someone else who owes him a few bucks pay him back, with no grace period.
Join us as we do the hard work of wrestling with the courageous prayer “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”
Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35
Sermon: “Forgive Us Our Debts As We Forgive Our Debtors”
Please make plans to join us for the congregational meeting which follows. The nominating committee has a dynamite slate of session members for you to vote on.
I look forward to worshipping with you.