Moving Meditations for Lent | Day 28: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

For the next seven days of Lent, we will focus on Jesus’ last words. We begin with Luke 23:34: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Jesus taught us that not only are we forgiven but that we must also forgive. One of the hardest things to do, however, is learning to forgive someone who may never apologize. Despite the lies, violence, and betrayal Jesus faced, He still was open to forgiving those all around Him. To forgive others is not easy. We are not Jesus, merely humans. And yet we are asked to follow in His footsteps, even in the toughest of moments. It will be difficult and sometimes learning to move forward and forget will be harder than actually forgiving. But this is what we must do. Not to free or save others. But to free ourselves of this cross.. . .

Bring your arms all the way down in front of you, palms facing forward as if pardoning someone. Add a slight bow at the very end. Forgiving others does not come from a place of power, but of humility and vulnerability. It brings the two people at level with one another, but never too low to lose one’s dignity or to harm others, simply just to meet someone face-to-face and welcome them into God’s love.

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