Matthew 18: 21- 35 How many times must we forgive
Forgive us as we forgive
Forgive as we forgive: the prayer you give us, Comes home so close yet radiates so far. We set the limits on our own forgiveness; As generous or grudging as we are.
The wounds we give and take in all our weakness, The injuries that smoulder, burning slow, The sins that others visited upon us, Are ours to hold or utterly let go.
You tell the story of the wretched debtor, The one forgiven everything he owed, Who then exacted payment, to the letter, From one who could not bear the given load.
Oh lift my given load that I, forgiven, Might give away forgiveness, free as heaven. (Malcolm Guite)