Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Day #18 – Apologize? Who, Me?
I read today’s suggestion from #40acts with some interest. I know something about apologies, and I also know something about forgiveness. (Not to mention knowing something about resentments, which are sometimes by-products of what happens when an apology is never made or never accepted.)
Being unwilling to apologize . . . or unable. This has happened, truthfully speaking. Rigorous honesty constrains me to say this. However, sometimes I have waited for an apology. And waited. And waited some more. A few times, the apology never came. I tend not to gnaw over missed chances or oversights. If something doesn’t happen, that’s okay. Well, not exactly okay, but I do not plan on holding grudges for the rest of my life.
Now, every once in a while, I’ll have a situation that keeps coming back to my mind. Verging on a resentment. Like this situation I wrote about several weeks ago. I prayed about it for about two weeks, and truthfully, it left my mind. I stopped obsessing about it. Amazing, how that happens.
I am pleased to say that I don’t believe I have any outstanding apologies to make, right now. Of course, that may change. Any day now. Even, several times a day, sometimes. I step on toes sometimes. I misspeak or make mistakes, and those things ought to be taken care of as soon as I realize I have done them.
I loved the example given in the email today from #40acts: apologizing on behalf of someone else. What a great idea, and what a way to spread kindness, encouragement and generosity.
God, help me to have the wherewithal and gumption to apologize promptly, wherever and whenever needed. Thanks, God!
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