Forgiveness is the healing of wounds caused by another. You choose to let go of a past wrong and no longer be hurt by it. ~Real Live Preacher, Weblog, July 7, 2003
Around the edges of my gardens, I have woodsy areas. In the late afternoon, I love to walk through the back area as the shafts of light dance playfully among the leaves. Sometimes, I will just lie down on the ground and look up in awe at the number of years it took for the oaks and tulip poplars to grow to be so formidable. If I catch the light just right, I can see scars or bumps on the outside of a tree–a place where the bark is clearly not unified with the rest of the trunk, and yet, the tree continues to grow past that scar and live a healthy life.
Perhaps, the same can be said about the process of forgiveness. Not only do we acknowledge the wound, but we don’t become stunted by it. We intentionally nurture our spirit and self to let it heal, we honor the scars but create new life and continue to grow.