Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
We all know we are supposed to forgive. This is a command from the Lord, and regardless of our feelings, we are supposed to forgive immediately. Even when we finally learn to be quick in our forgiveness, we often are much slower in our process of letting go.
The hurt in us wants to secure justice for ourselves or for a loved one. We think we know best how to handle making things right, or fair. But trusting the Lord means that we release all outcomes into his hands and believe that he will set things right, in his way, in his time.
When we hold on to bitterness or take justice into our own hands, we remain a prisoner to the person or the situation that is the origin of our pain. Letting go and letting God take care of things (and take care of us) will truly set us free.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne