Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma. Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.
Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….
The Word – “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:23, NIV)
The Thought – We start with three questions – How easy do you forgive? How often have you asked for forgiveness? And have you forgiven the most important person in your travels of life, yourself?
Forgiveness is not an easy step for us humans as we seem to be a lot more willing to hold a grudge than to forgive or ask for forgiveness. But forgiveness is also a very important step for us to enjoy a more peaceful road ahead.
As much as the ‘Great Spirits’ are forgiving, so must we be willing to do the same.
One phrase that you will hear with those fighting addictions is ‘under very trying conditions I have had, again and again, to forgive others – and also myself’. A whole lot of truth to that statement, as we who are fighting a chronic illness and/or disability in ways are also like those with addictions, which means we must never forget to take care of our self and that includes forgiving our self for things we may have done.
As one fighting a battle with chronic illness and/or a disability, we sometimes find it way too easy to fall into a mood of bitterness or even anger toward those who we may feel have abandoned us at a time when we may feel that we need the most help and support.
As one fighting a battle with chronic illness and/or disability, we also on many days may find ourselves bitter or angry at ourselves for some of the things we may have done that have either caused or helped along our chronic illness and/or disability.
To reach the four fundamentals of life and happiness – hope, faith, love and grace, one must be able to forgive others and the person they are or those four fundamentals will be just wishes running ahead of us on our life travels.
With the help of our times in meditation/prayer with the ‘Great Spirits’, we must search for and find the capacity to not only forgive others, but ask others to forgive us while we also look in the mirror to forgive the person within our self. With forgiveness one will find a much more peaceful travel along that path we have yet to go.
The Meditation/Prayer – Forgiveness is one step in life which we come to you, ‘Great Spirits’, seeking much guidance and wisdom on how, what, when and why to the times forgiveness is needed and ready to be done. While we continue to praise and say thanks for the awesome wonders of the world that your surround us with in our daily adventures, we also say thank you for being the kind of friend that is forgiving for all the times in which we may have ignored the guidance and wisdom you may have presented to us and we chose to look away or not listen. ‘Great Spirits’ we talk with you with requests of strengthening our forgiveness gear, for we know that without the ability to forgive others and our self – we will have trouble holding on to the four fundamentals of life and happiness, those of hope, faith, love and grace.
And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.
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