Song of Solomon 1:5-6 (New Living Translation)
I am dark but beautiful,
O women of Jerusalem—
dark as the tents of Kedar,
dark as the curtains of Solomon’s tents.
Don’t stare at me because I am dark—
the sun has darkened my skin.
My brothers were angry with me;
they forced me to care for their vineyards,
so I couldn’t care for myself—my own vineyard.
Have you experienced or felt the same type of pain as this young lady? Someone, who should have been a trusted caretaker – a brother, father, uncle, teacher, neighbor, or pastor forced you to do something for their pleasure instead of protecting you? Did it leave you in a place, where like she, you felt as though you couldn’t care for yourself?
This week, I had the priviledge of listening to a teaching by Suzie Eller. She shared some of her own struggle to forgive a father who was never present and a mother who was didn’t take care of her. Her topic was forgiveness and the power it holds in our lives. The power to bring true freedom. Suzie explained that when we don’t choose to forgive, the one who is hurt the most is ourselves, not the other person, as we may think.
She said she once heard, “We are not most like God when we are perfect, we are most like God when we forgive.”
Father, Help us today to forgive those that we feel don’t deserve our forgiveness. May we remember that we don’t deserve your forgiveness, but in your mercy you give it freely. Give us the courage and strength to do to others what you have done and every day do for us! Amen