Daily Prayer 365

Day 260
Thursday, May 18, 2023


‘Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. —Colossians 3:12–14

I have lived long enough to learn that failure to forgive leads down a path of destruction—of bitterness, self-hate, alienation, relentless cycles of conflict, and downright misery. But forgiveness can vanquish all such pain. Why else did Jesus command us to forgive? It can heal both the forgiver and the forgiven. In fact, it could change the world if we allowed it to. But too often we stand in its way, not daring to let it flow through us unchecked. If only we would dare! —Johann Christoph Arnold, The Power of Forgiveness

Let me give up bitterness, O God, even when it feels more tender and challenging to forgive. Let me give up the relentless cycle of conflict and find forgiveness, and thereby letting love multiply. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

May 25, 2023

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