Flagstaff Lake is frozen. The Town of Flagstaff was flooded by a hydro-electric dam in the 1950's, the people and the cemetery were moved to surrounding towns. I always feel a little sad when I talk or write about it.
I hope you all have a great, smoke free, day.
They may not deserve forgiveness, but I do.
Forgiveness is an act, not a feeling. Though it may generate feelings, forgiveness is an exercise of the will. When we forgive, we refuse to be further damaged by the wrongdoing of others.
A refusal to forgive is called a resentment. And the victim of resentment is always the one who carries it. The people we refuse to forgive may neither know nor care about our resentment.
To hang on to a resentment is to harbor a thief in the heart. By the minute and the hour, resentment steals the joy we could treasure now and remember forever. It pilfers our energy to celebrate life—to face others as messengers of grace rather than ambassadors of doom. We victimize ourselves when we withhold forgiveness.
Today, I will remember that forgiveness is a giver and resentment is a taker. Because I deserve it, I will forgive old hurts. I will see forgiveness as a gift to myself.
From: Days of Healing, Days of Joy; Daily Meditations