Forgiveness is hard work

Brenda Cannon Henley

Thinking of relatives, family members far and near, old and new neighbors, co-workers, and even long ago classmates and teachers, perhaps some of the water between these relationships has been muddied over the years, and it just might be one or the other parties ought to seek and ask for forgiveness. It is a difficult thing to do. It is hard to simply say, “I was wrong. Please forgive me.”

But boy, when we do ask for forgiveness with a pure heart and genuine motives, what a relief it is when the apology is accepted and old relationships are restored. It is one of the most blessed gifts we can give ourselves. Clearing the air is just plain healthy for all concerned.

As I was thinking about the matter of forgiveness, two good examples came into being right before my eyes. I will admit I enjoy the true crime and detective programs on the ID channel. I like the 20/20 and Dateline productions, but Detective Joe Kenda in Colorado Springs is a favorite. Kenda, a retired detective, has solved over 400 homicides. Called “The Homicide Hunter,” his signature line is, “If you kill, I will find you.”

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Brenda Cannon Henley can be reached at 409 781 8788 or at brendacannonhenley [at] yahoo [dot] com.