Tuesday, August 25, 2015


I think of all the things we are instructed to do in the Bible, forgiveness has to be the most difficult. At least that's what I'm thinking.

Watching the television show "Who Do You Think You Are", where famous people delve into their ancestry and learn about the people who make up their family tree, and doing some work myself on the website Ancestry.com have taught me that forgiveness is important even when dealing with the people in our past. Because the Biblical reference to the "Sins of the fathers" being visited on the sons is, I think, a reference to the fact that those who do not learn the past are doomed to repeat it. We need to learn from our past history as a family.

Sometimes on the television show people learn that they had ancestors who were, for instance, always leaving their families. There are patterns that emerge when you are able to look at long threads of generations. And I know myself that patterns exist in my family that explain the ways my relatives functioned. It's only through those discoveries that we are able to come to terms with where we've come from, and forgiveness is the only way to break patterns.

I'm not sure if it's easier to forgive those we know, or those we never met. But it seems difficult in either case.

1 comment:

Ben Reichart said...

It is interesting that you chose " forgiveness " to expound upon today as I chose Understanding. Forgiveness stems from understanding, don't you think ? I do not feel any responsibility for the actions of my ancestors. I can't grasp why anyone would.