The Compassion of Love Is the Compassion of Forgiveness
Many people are locked up in guilt,
feelings of unworthiness,
broken hearts and spirits,
fearful of being rejected.
To forgive is to call back
and to reveal that the person is loved, cherished,
and full of worth;
to forgive is to liberate
from the broken, crushed self image,
from feelings of guilt.
Forgiveness is to refined
the kiss of peace,
the kiss of covenant,
and to celebrate unity.
Forgiveness implies an understanding
of our own poverty, wretchedness, brokenness, and sin;
it implies too an openness
to receive the hand and words of love.