Forgive us all, Lord

“Forgive us our trespasses” we say in prayer. Why not “forgive me my trespasses”? Why am I asking forgiveness for all those other people?

  • Like Congress.
  • Or convicted felons
  • Or embezzlers
  • Or child abusers

Oh my goodness. I must ask God to forgive us all, even those I don’t feel “deserve” forgiveness. Lump us all in there together. Because otherwise I am guilty of the Publican’s crime. Asking for forgiveness while standing in judgment of my brother.

Or Jonah’s sin. ‘Show those Ninevites no mercy, Lord. Look at how they’re behaving! We, we are the ones who deserve your attention and favor.’

Such words and ways reveal so much about the shallowness of our own character and how little we understand the ways of God.

Yes. I was having a Jonah moment this morning. Thinking about how I don’t want to live in a world where people who act like that and live like that can be forgiven.

Then I prayed, “Forgive us our trespasses, Lord. As we forgive those who trespass against us,” as Jesus taught us. And I saw the faultiness of my reasoning and shallowness of heart.

What kind of world would it be if God just forgave those who asked? What a weight of responsibility for those who are asking, for all of us? If we can have any hope at all, it is there.


About wlebolt

Life comes at you fast. I like to catch it and toss it back. Or toss it up to see where it lands. I do my best thinking when I'm moving. And my best writing when I am tapping my foot to a beat no one else hears. Kinesthetic to the core.

Posted on October 15, 2013, in Deeper Sensation, Mind, Sermon Response and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mary Anne Noland

    You are up early this morning. You make a very good point, as usual, this morning. I envy, yes envy, your ability to make time to write. I struggle to find time for uninterrupted thought. Haven’t disciplined myself enough to get up earlier to do it. Mary Anne

    Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:38:26 +0000 To:

  2. Good morning, Mary Anne. 🙂 It’s in the writing that I find out what I’m thinking! The irony is, the sooner I get it on paper, the clearer it is. (sort of like a dream) Thus, my early posts have God-zing. Later, I do more thinking. And then things get cloudier. Have a great day!

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