We discussed the things that we are holding on to which are not helping us.  It was a guest sermon by Rev Dr Marlin Lavenhar through video.

The first thing we should let go of is that you are not alone.  Your problems are not unique.  You are not the only one going through this problem... and if you are still breathing in this world, you are going through something.

No human trait is greater than our ability to forgive.  Yet many of us are having trouble forgiving ourselves as much as forgiving others.

Matthew 18:21-22King James Version (KJV)

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Forgiveness like hope does not come at the end... as a resolution, it comes at the beginning... at the beginning of the day, of our lives.   We are not in control of other people's decisions.  Often we are not even in control of our own lives.  Letting go of the hurts and our illusion of control opens us up to the idea that we belong to a larger community. 

Forgiveness is often something that we cannot seem to show ourselves.  But, we are not unforgiven and we are not unforgivable.  Have faith in the generosity of your community.   The love of the community that surrounds you can often hold you up and show you more love than you realized you deserve.  Open up and let it in.

If you are looking for such a community, we hope you will drop by some Sunday and introduce yourself to us.  We are open, loving, seeking truth, (and forgiving!)  We would love to see you.