“To believe in the supernatural is not simply to believe that after living a successful, material, and fairly virtuous life here one will continue to exist in the best-possible substitute for this world, or that after living a starved and stunted life here one will be compensated with all the good things one has gone without: it is to believe that the supernatural is the greatest reality here and now.”
I write, or exhale, between 5:00and 6:30 each morning. It kills me to get out of bed so early, but I’m certain that not writing will kill me faster, so here I am. I never start writing right away, though. Instead, I get up at 4:40, pull down my Bible and read a little, and then I pray. When I pray I picture Jesus sitting next to me on the couch instead of up in the sky because that helps me talk like He’s a friend instead of an idea.And when I start praying I ask God to help me write from a place of love. I ask him to lock up my ego and hide the key, just for an hour, so that we can tell the truth together. I ask Him to help me connect with you, to help me write so that you feel more whole and loved and light after you read.
I usually say this praying part really fast, like one of those speed talking guys at the end of commercials, because by this time I’m dying to get to the computer to check blog comments and Facebook happenings.
This morning, I feel like I’m supposed to write about forgiveness. And since I asked God to guide me, I’m going to assume this nudge is from Him and roll with it.
I’d like to share two of my favorite ideas about forgiveness, both offered by my patron saint, Anne Lamott.
Let me know if either idea resonates with you, or if you have others to share.
“Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.”
“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die.”
What do you think?