The song “Our God” just came on my internet radio and I am overcome with emotion. It was a very powerful song for me in our difficult season last year, and God made sure I got to hear it often.
Today this line from the chorus especially stuck out:
“Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God”
We prayed and prayed that our son Adam would be healed before he was born. The outcome was as the doctors predicted (you can read Adam’s story here), but I still believe that God heals and wants to heal. While God has clearly been healing my grieving heart this last year, it was a different kind of healing that came to my mind today; Forgiveness.
I realized how lately there are certain people and situations that I have been letting bother me, things I should have forgiven long ago or shouldn’t be upset by in the first place. Our friend Margaret Feinberg gave a great sermon last year on how forgiveness is a continual process and you may have to re-forgive someone daily until it’s really in the past. It’s amazing how a memory can pop up in my mind from weeks, months, years ago and I have to realize I need to forgive them again.
I’m so grateful that I don’t have to let the actions of others define or emotionally scar me. I’m so grateful I don’t have to be burdened by joy-stealing resentment. I’m so grateful we have a Healer God.
July 29, 2014 at 10:45 PM @Melinda, how funny you should write about the topic of forgiveness! We were just discussing it in our small group last week, and how at times, our human nature requires us to forgive over and over. 70×7. Fortunately for us, we have God’s example of grace and unconditional love <3 @Brandon, good job with the blog. I love the look and feel! It’s easy to navigate, and the mobile/tablet version works great 🙂