After Worship: Forgiveness and Yom Kippur

Several of you asked me to post the prayer I shared at this morning’s service on forgiveness and Yom Kippur. It is:

I hereby forgive all who have hurt me, all who have done me wrong, deliberately or by accident, whether by word or by deed. May no one be punished on my account. As I forgive and pardon fully those who have done me wrong, may those whom I have harmed forgive and pardon me, whether I acted deliberately or by accident, whether by word or deed. Wipe away my sins, O Lord, with your great mercy. May I not repeat the wrongs I have committed. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, my Rock and my Redeemer.

I said this prayer last night and will be saying it the next three nights, through the close of Yom Kippur. (As I confessed during my sermon, I’m getting a late start on the 10 Days of Repentance.)

You can read more about Yom Kippur and forgiveness (and this prayer) in this article.

I also referenced the work of Fred Luskin. Our thought for the day today came from him:

Forgiving someone means understanding that you did not get what you wanted.

You can read more about him and his 9 steps to forgiveness on his website.

 

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