As we explored the line, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” in the Lord’s Prayer this week, it brought to my mind a variety of memories. Some of moments when forgiveness from or towards me flowed easily and readily and others where that forgiveness got bogged down. It seems that in those times where forgiveness was hard to find, one or both of us were more concerned about being right than working out the forgiveness piece.


I don’t remember who said it, it was not Jesus, but certainly could have been, “Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?”


In the case of the Prodigal Son story that Shelby shared in the Children’s Moment, the father was much more concerned about happy than being right. His love for his son was bigger and stronger than any sin the son could have committed.


In the case of Peter denying Jesus, Jesus’ love for Peter held him accountable and drew Peter back into fellowship with Jesus. So much so, that Peter became the rock on which Jesus built his church. Peter could so easily have been a disciple that was left behind without forgiveness.


In the case of you and me, Jesus forgives us over and over again. He demonstrates to us how we need to forgive by how he forgives.


This week, let’s see what we can do to deepen our ability to forgive. What can we release? What can we pick up that may free forgiveness to happen? Who can we reach out to that may make a difference?


Learning to walk in forgiveness with you,

Pastor Donna












Home Opportunities for the week of

January 16, 2022

  • Prayerfully consider who you need to forgive and how that can happen.
  • Prayerfully consider what you need to seek forgiveness for from God, yourself and others.
  • Read Psalm 149:3 for next Sunday.


Scripture for January 16:

Matthew 6:9-15 (CEB)