Where to look to asked for forgiveness
—Stories by the Heart, Retold by Alice Gray
The young man sat alone on the bus and most of the time stared out the window. He was in his midtwenties, nice looking with a kind face. His dark blue shirt matched the color of his eyes. His hair was short and neat. Occasionally he would look away from the window and the anxiety on his young face touched the heart of the grandmotherly woman sitting across the aisle. The bus was just approaching the outskirts of small town when she was so drawn to the young man that she scooted across the aisle and asked permission to sit next to him.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Forgiving someone doesn't mean that their behavior was OK.
What it does mean is that we're ready to move on. To release the heavy weight. To shape our own life, on our terms, without unnecessary burdens.