This week I finally taught my first class on forgiveness at Steelbridge, the Women's Center of Hope, which is a live-in discipleship program for homeless and at-risk women. (Steelbridge has a men's component too.) I met with about a dozen women on Monday morning and opened up with the story about asking my parents for… Continue reading “But I Can’t Forgive Myself”
My class on forgiveness at Steelbridge, the recovery program for homeless men and women, got postponed again yesterday because of a local flu epidemic. The bright side was that this gave me more time to attend an event where my granddaughter Eden was among those chosen to receive a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, based… Continue reading MLK on Forgiveness
You want me to forgive him?!” When I was a kid he did horrible things to me; he used me sexually every day for years—and you’re telling me I need to forgive him!" She’s manipulative and disgusting; why should I forgive her?” My first class on forgiveness at the local homeless recovery center got cancelled… Continue reading More Reasons to Forgive
I've been writing a lot about forgiveness lately (which means thinking and praying about it too), and I'll be teaching a class on forgiveness starting Monday, 1/8, at Steelbridge resource center here in Albuquerque. Steelbridge, headed up by my good friend Pastor John Hill, reaches out to homeless men and women, not just to provide… Continue reading Forgiving From the Heart, part 1
Last week I posted a commentary on Vayechi, the final Torah portion in Genesis, entitled How Trust Can Be Restored. It opened with a question, or two actually: “The news stream today is filled with stories of abuse and betrayal, and we might wonder whether deeds like this can ever be forgiven. And even if… Continue reading Who Deserves Forgiveness?
Rosh Hashana is one of our most significant Jewish holidays, but the Torah doesn’t say much about it. It’s only mentioned twice, and briefly at that: And Hashem spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day… Continue reading Day Six, Hour 11.5