While the celebrations at this time of year vary by faith, the one milestone we all prepare for is the start of the new year. And with that comes a laundry list of resolutions. I’ll lose weight. I’ll save more money. I’ll quit smoking. Those resolutions come wrapped in gilded good intentions, most of which sadly evaporate before January ends.
Forgiveness is different. It doesn’t require a gym membership, deprivation, or a pill. It can be done quietly in prayer or meditation, or more publicly and symbolically. It isn’t a promise we make to ourselves to do something differently. Rather, it is letting go. And when it is accomplished, its warmth washes over us like wrapping up in a fluffy blanket.
Why should you forgive? Bishop Desmond Tutu’s words above answer that question perfectly: “Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.”