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247. Forgiveness

(A story in Seven Verses of Seven Lines)

I hear God’s words

“I have forgiven you”

I feel the wonder

and I question: All?

all my mistakes?

things I did?

things I should have done?

I question again: All?

I do not plan the wrong

but still it happens

how can forgiveness

be so complete

belief hovers

light breaks through

wonder explodes

as words repeat

“You are forgiven”

and I know grace

know in my heart-place

I did not deserve

and still received

I hear more God words

“You forgive too”

I ask new questions

How many times? And who?

the wonder wavers as I hear

“Every time”


I want to hold my anger

not give up the grudge

I want to wait

until some better time

when anger feelings

and grudges have melted

but that is not what I hear

the answers bounce

and echo off my questions

How many times? – “Every”

Who? – “All”

and in that heart-place

I feel the vibration of how

forgiveness works

there is a balance

not if-and-then

but a knowing deep inside

that as I receive and hold

the wonder of being forgiven

so I can give same gift

I can say “I forgive you”

to each one – each time

© Copyright 2012 Ann Freeman Price

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