Strength is a virtue. Whenever things go wrong in our lives we’re told to be strong, to bear up. In the workplace we are told we need strong leadership. In essays and coursework we need to have a strong argument.
“I came here with a broken heart that no one else could see, I drew a smile upon my face to paper over me”.
"Then Peter went up to him and said, 'Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times? Jesus answered, 'Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times." (Matthew 18:21-22)
After I graduated, I spent a year as an intern at Coventry Cathedral; an amazing place which bears witness to the power of forgiveness and possibility of reconciliation.
‘Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near… let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.’ (Is 55:6-8)
Why are the easiest things to do also sometimes the hardest? You bump into someone in the street and say "Sorry!" (if you're British!). She says "Sorry!", and you've apologised and forgiven each other, and that's that. If only all forgiveness were so easy.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
God saw all that was made and behold “it was very good!” And God’s act of creation – renewed daily before our very eyes – is the ongoing and ceaseless outpouring of energy and love that is the essence of all living things.