Reflection by Scott Stoner
Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho are the authors of the one of the most inspiring and helpful books on forgiveness: The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. Desmond Tutu is a South African Anglican bishop who is well-known for his work confronting and helping to dismantle apartheid in South Africa, the work for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.
The quote above is from this book and because it is so powerful, I’d like to share the whole quote as a part of today’s reflection. These are profound words and so please take some time to reflect on them in the “Making It Personal” section below.
The quality of human life on our planet is nothing more than the sum total of our daily interactions with one another. Each time we help, and each time we harm, we have a dramatic impact on our world. Because we are humans, some of our interactions will go wrong, and then we will hurt or be hurt, or both. It is the nature of being human, and it is unavoidable. Forgiveness is the way we set those interactions right. It is the way we mend tears in the social fabric. It is the way we stop our human community from unraveling.
Making It Personal:Slowly reread the quote from The Book of Forgivingand then notice what word or phrase stands out for you. What do you think of the idea that it is unavoidable that we will hurt each other? What do you think of the idea that it is forgiveness that sets things right, and mends the tears in our social fabric?
Follow along with us this Lent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.