Our Father in heaven, we are called to forgive others as much as You forgive us.
Help us let go of anger and resentment when we have been wronged,
and nurture understanding in place of
feeding the weeds of rage. Help us to understand that all are wounded
and in need of healing, including ourselves. Help us to lower our
defenses and not impugn the motives of those we love, and remember they
love us. Help us to judge only as harshly as we ourselves wish to be
judged, and no more. For You are our loving God, and You forgive us
repeatedly when we fail You. Teach us that in bearing grudges we grip a
weight that will sink us, and when harboring anger we risk loss in a sea
Let us embrace those who seek our pardon, and repair
mutual injury with the balm of Love that never fails. O Loving One, hear
our prayers and grant your benediction and grace to those whose needs
we now raise before You.