I met a young man at church this Sunday. Among some of things he was struggling with in his life which he shared with me was forgiveness. He was looking for forgiveness regarding people he had hurt in his life. My heart when out to him. I'm sure we all know the feeling of having hurt people. But I wondered if he, like many others was also struggling with the difficulty of forgiving himself. You see it seems that we never want to let ourselves off the hook too easily -- and that is a very good practice. Yet at the same time, how many of us carry around a lack of forgiveness to ourselves for the wrongs we have done others. It is often relatively easy to accept God's forgiveness (OK, that is definitely not always true!) and so much more difficult to forgive ourselves. With Lent approaching and the self-examination that usually accompanies this time in the life of the Church, don't forget to forgive yourself.
And pray for the young man I spoke to.