Paul Boese said, “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” Who is not in need of forgiveness, and who does not need to forgive someone else? Once the hurt has occurred, nothing can change. No matter how much we’d love to change the hurt we gave to others or we have received, the hurt remains reality, our history. But those hurts do not have to affect the present or future if we forgive or are forgiven. Forgiveness brings hope for a new relationship, a chance to start again. The future is bigger with more possibilities.
Taking forgiveness in Religion class with my 7th/8th graders….These thoughts give more insight to the topic. Thank you, Sister Valerie.