July 7th, 2005


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Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

-Luke 11:4 (NIV)

FOR me, driving in traffic is an ongoing challenge to answer God's call to forgive and be gracious to others. When another driver ignores a yield sign and races to cut me off, I don't always just relax and let the other car go ahead. But when I do, I experience a brief sense of calm satisfaction. When I don't, I am aware of my failure to always "forgive everyone who sins against [me]."

I wish Jesus had not worded this part of the Lord's Prayer as he did. In fact, I have begun to add to my praying of the Lord's Prayer this request: "Please help me be more forgiving today than I have been." I have noticed that since I began praying this way, I am regularly reminded of my need to be more forgiving -- especially when I am driving. These experiences assure me that God is answering my prayer whenever I am alert to the way the Holy Spirit nudges me through everyday events.

James Ross (Texas, USA)
Dear God, thank you for reminding us through ordinary, daily events that in order to know your forgiveness we must forgive others. Amen.