Saturday, June 20, 2009

Pearls of Forgiveness

I was recently browsing through my copy of the 1988 edition of Francis Gay's The Friendship Book -- a little volume rich with interesting quotes and inspirational thoughts. 
One especially spoke to my heart and I felt drawn to share it with you today....

"It's easy to harbour a grudge, to store up resentment against someone who has treated you badly. Not so easy to forgive and forget.

Forgiveness, however, brings its own precious reward, as the German novelist and humorist Jean-Paul Richter knew. He once wrote, "The heart that forgives an injury is like the perforated shell of a mussel, which closes its wound with a pearl."
I just love that last phrase... closes its wound with a pearl. It's a beautiful thought to ponder, wouldn't you agree? 



  1. unique thought and timely...

  2. Forgiveness is sometimes hard to do. But with some encouragement, like your post, it can be done.
    Thanks for the nudge.

  3. AnonymousJune 20, 2009

    I love that. Thanks so very much for sharing that. Blessings

  4. Love that quote! Thanks for bringing it to mind. Enjoyed your posies - those little jumping jacks! They are so cute!

  5. Lovely post Brenda - I'm all for "forgive and forget". Life is too short for grudges. A x

  6. Lovely picture and quote!

  7. There is a writer by the name of Carol Lynn Pearson who writes of forgiveness so beautifully. One of the lines is something like this, quotation marks as this is a very rough paraphrasing...

    You ask if I will forgive?

    You would give me the opportunity to share in Christ's great art, to reach out and salve a sorrowing heart.

    Forgive, you cry?

    Oh, may I? May I?

    I think of that often when I'm a bit tempted to be angry or hold on to a hurt...

    I would like to be more like Christ... I would like to be able to be His hands, His shoulder to cry on, His loving eyes that speak of forgiving and forgetting and moving forward.

    I would like to think He would find me worthy of being an ambassador and standing in His stead to "reach out to salve a sorrowing heart".

    Touching post. Thanks, Brenda.

  8. Enjoyed each of your comments, dear friends!

    I had to mention,Caryn, the thought you share from Carol Lynn Pearson about forgiveness. That says it perfectly....

    You ask if I may forgive you? To have the opportunity to share in Christ's great art? Oh may I, may I?

    I was at a little conference on the weekend where the speakers shared their understanding of forgiveness and their personal I-stories about how forgiveness not only changed their lives but the lives of those around them.

    I've been learning about this wonderful gift we can give one another... the gift of forgiveness.

    We've all been wounded, and if we're honest we've all been wounders of others at times in our lives. Hurt people hurt people. That's why it's so important to extend mercy over judgement.

    And that's the beauty of forgiveness -- it's a gift I can offer to those around me....just like Jesus showed us when he hung on the cross before He said, Father, forgive them....for they don't really know what they are doing.

    Wow -- what a place to walk!


To My Beautiful Readers,

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Brenda xox

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