August 21, 2012

The Freedom that Comes with Forgiveness

From toddlerhood, we are taught to say "I'm sorry" when we hurt someone. Even if you didn't have an intention of inflicting harm, it is important to apologize. It's an action of cleansing, of wiping the slate clean...a do over.

By the time we are adults, we may have a load of grievances that we hold onto, bad feelings that weigh us down and prevent us from living our lives in a meaningful way. All of the booboos that were never kissed; the unkind words that can't be taken back, and the slights that we feel deep within our being. When the pain within your heart is caused by your mother, it can be especially hard to let go of the negative feelings.

Don't wait for the "I'm sorry" - it may be too late for your mother to say it, or it may never come at all. Forgive those who have hurt you; love those whom have sinned against you.

Verna Hill Simms, a fellow member of the Writers' Society of Jefferson County, has learned  the power of forgiveness (and so much more) in her ninety-one years on this earth. When I grow up, I want to be just like her. May my memory be as sharp as hers as I tell stories of my life.

Verna and eight other women share their stories of forgiveness and healing in Journeys to Mother Love: Nine Women Tell Their Stories of Forgiveness & Healing, a book available from Cladach Publishing on August 24.

From the site:

Mother love is a beautiful thing. But giving and receiving mother love doesn't always come easy. So many obstacles can get in the way. What do we do, then, with mother wounds and losses, and the unmet needs we carry? These nine women - mothers and daughters of all ages - share how they, with Christ's help, overcame hurts and conflicts, experienced relational healing, and found new freedom to give and receive love. Women with broken places in their relationships with mother or child can begin their own healing journey as they read:

Please check out the advance praise on the site and purchase a copy. You can also pre-order the book from Amazon. Let this book be your inspiration to attaining the freedom that comes from forgiveness.


  1. Forgiving lifts a lot from us, doesn't it? This book looks great! Will definitely check it out! Thanks for posting!

  2. There is a certain freedom that comes with forgiveness, isn't there? Just releasing that burden can lighten your soul. It can be difficult to do though.


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