Forgiveness and The Treasure Map to True Self

Vocation should be understood, “not as a goal to be achieved but as a gift to be received . . . accepting the treasure of true self I already possess . . . It comes from a voice “in here” calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.”

— Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak, p. 10

Staff_Delony, LenIn recent weeks I’ve been writing about the importance of learning to “listen to your life” and “let your life speak.”

To shift metaphors a bit, if we are trying to “find ourselves,” what helps us in the seeking?

Dr. Tim Bruster’s sermon on “forgiveness” last Sunday can offer us major help for the journey . . .

Too often we are blinded by anger, resentment, guilt and shame. And because of that blindness, as it is so eloquently stated in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer: “we have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.”

As Dr. Bruster said Sunday, forgiveness is a process of letting go. Oftentimes more than “seventy times seven!”

And forgiveness is not important just because “we are supposed to,” but because it frees us from an almost addictive pattern of feelings that can keep us numb and unable to experience God’s transforming love.

If you are looking for the treasure of your “true self” in God, and listening deeply for God’s calling to “let your life speak,” ironically sometimes you might need to let go to find humble openings . . . “pray paradoxically” . . . be forgiven . . . forgive others . . . and let God show you the way . . .

Blessings on your journey . . .

Len

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