Jul 28, 2019 | Rev. Gina Anderson-Cloud

The Art of Forgiveness

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As we continue to share about “no thing” that can make us happy in our current series, “Happy: what it is and how to find it?” We look to Colossians where there is an urging toward love and forgiveness in the way of Christ.  Rev. Matt Miofsky asserts that forgiveness is a key to happiness. He says, “No matter how difficult forgiveness is, and no matter how illogical it may seem at times, it is a path to our own healing, to the healing of relationships, and ultimately happiness.”  Truly, we follow Jesus, who from the cross asks, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

How is God calling you to forgive as Jesus did? Where is your sense of God’s peace disrupted because of your inability to let go and forgive?  These are questions for today to offer up to our God who seeks to open paths of healing for us all.

Consider this useful prayer from the book, Happy: What is it and how do I find it?

Gracious and holy God, we struggle to accept your forgiveness, to forgive ourselves, and then to forgive others. We pray that today, healing can take place in some small way. Maybe it starts with a prayer. Maybe we ask for help. Maybe we speak a word and make amends with another person. Whatever it is, God, we pray your Spirit would prompt us not only to hear this challenge, but to practice it in our lives. God, help us to accept your forgiveness and to mirror that forgiveness in our encounters with others. We pray these things in the name of the one who came to forgive, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Series Information

We all dream of being happy. If we could just lose the extra weight, get the job, buy the house, we could truly be happy. But over time, it begins to seem as though lasting happiness is unattainable. Despite our best efforts, true happiness will never be a reality for us. So how do we find lasting happiness and contentment in our lives? Maybe the answer isn't in our own lives at all.
Matt Miofsky connects the existential question, "Am I happy?" with basic theology and unexpected biblical texts. Starting with the book of Ecclesiastes, considering if any 'thing" can make us happy, he explores the value of relationships, a forgiving lifestyle, living in the present, feeling gratitude, and learning to release control. Using scripture and these themes as a guide, we will explore this topic in worship as part of a summer reading series.