“One of the hardest things in life is to let go of old hurts. We often say, or at least think: ‘What you did to me and my family, my ancestors, or my friends I cannot forget or forgive. … One day you will have to pay for it.’ Sometimes our memories are decades, even centuries, old and keep asking for revenge.
Holding people’s faults against them often creates an impenetrable wall. Indeed, we cannot let go of old hurts, but God can. It is God’s work, but we are God’s ministers, because the God who reconciled the world to God entrusted to us “the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19). This message calls us to let go of old hurts in the Name of God. It is the message our world most needs to hear.” Henri Nouwen
As we move forward into this new year, seeking to keep the “Christmas spirit,” Nouwen provides us excellent advice. Old hurts, once acknowledged, need to be surrendered, so we can heal, move forward, and let God’s “tender mercies” guide, support, and free us.
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