Devotion for Sunday, September 4, 2011

God of Truth and Forgiveness,

Each week we mouth the words, “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”

But we confess that we do not always want to forgive our enemies.

As the psalmist says, sometimes we want to kill them.

Sometimes we would prefer to pray that you punish our enemies, since we would like to watch them suffer.

Help us to practice forgiving those who sin against us, lest our hates become more precious than our loves.

Thank you that you have bent us toward reconciliation that we may pass one another Christ’s peace.

It’s a terrible thing to ask of us.

I am not sure I can do it, but you are a wily God able to do miracles.

May we be struck alive with the miracle of your grace,

Even to be reconciled with ourselves.

Amen.

By Stanley Hauerwas, adapted from his prayer I Do Not Want My Enemies ForgivenPrayers Plainly Spoken.

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