Forgiveness

By Rev. Duke Tufty

I would not carry with me
the glowing ember that burned my hand,
Nor would I go about my day
with a sliver wedged deep into my skin.

In that same manner,
I release situations of the past
which disrupt my peace of mind and cause ill feelings,
for they only continue to hurt me
as long as I choose to hold on to them.

Today, I willingly forgive and release
all harsh feelings toward myself or others.
I rise above and move beyond uncomfortable memories,
and claim my right to live this day

with a Peaceful Mind,
a Peaceful Heart
and a Peaceful Spirit.

I AM FREE, I AM UNLIMITED,

THERE ARE NO CHAINS THAT BIND ME.

Duke Tufty is the senior minister of Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.