Picture of a painting in our Recreation Auditorium

Help me
To remember 
that if I shut my brother 
or sister out of my heart,
I am shutting out You, automatically.
Help me
To realize 
that I cannot possibly worship you
Until I have attempted 
to reconcile and restore all relationships.
Help me
To never break the bridge of forgiveness
Over which I must travel to you.
Help me
To cancel all the debt that is owed to me,
As you cancel mine.
Help me
To understand that I have no right
To vengeance or a lifetime of resentment.
Help me
To extend forgiveness not grudgingly,
But graciously.
Help me
To realize that I jeopardize 
my own forgiveness
When I withhold it from others.
Help me
To be obedient
To your orders for me.
Help me
To choose to cover an offense 
and always promote love,
Not separation.
Help me
To reconstruct and build
A new and better relationship.
Father, help me
To be as generous with others
As you have been with me.

Karin Ristau


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

All I can say is,Amen.

Bernie said...

I know God hears your prayer and know he will heal your heart and fill it with forgiveness...:-) Hugs

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great poem, Karin... we all do need to be more generous, more obedient, and we need to forgive (which is hard)... Thanks for sharing this one!!!

George said...

Beautiful. Amen.

Billy Coffey said...

That was wonderful!