Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, December 21, 2015
Please Forgive Me.
A position of control. Who doesn’t like to be in control? That is exactly where I am when I say, “That’s okay. I forgive you.”
But what about the flip side? What about when I totally made a misstep? When I put my foot in my mouth? Make a fool out of myself with another asinine comment? That makes me feel really small, really young and foolish.
So, who wouldn’t feel small, after considering that? Regardless of whether I have sacred guinea pigs or a deal of an alphabet soup, Henri Nouwen’s insight remains so profound. Imagine asking another person, “Can you forgive me?” Just think of how much openness of spirit and generosity it would take?
But, let’s go one further. Imagine asking God, “Can You forgive me?”
Nouwen even goes the next step, after that. He says in a quote from today’s reading: “Can I be open to forgiveness?”  Can I, indeed!
The Advent Action for this day, so appropriate: “Ask forgiveness of one person today. Let each person you meet today leave your presence a happier person.” 
Like what you read? Disagree? Share your thoughts with your loved ones and continue the conversation.
 Advent and Christmas: Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen (Linguori, Missouri: Redemptorist Pastoral Publications, 2004), 46.
 Ibid, 47.