I love the idea of forgiveness. I’d love nothing more than to think about someone, say a prayer, and be done with the past for good.
But life doesn’t work that way.
Healing comes before forgiveness. Understanding and compassion are conditions of release. Spiritual vision is what’s needed to see beyond the smallness of my humanity.
Every now and then I catch a glimpse of life on the other side of forgiveness - a brief, enlightened moment when a small voice beneath my righteous mind tells me that love really is the answer and that hurt people hurt people because of pain, not because of some perverse pleasure.