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Sept. 10, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
 — Hannah Arendt

Resentments keep us in the past, a past that can never be relived. Resentments keep a stranglehold on our mind. They keep us from appreciating the beauty of a moment. They stop us from hearing the loving voices of friends. We forget that we have a mission to fulfill God’s divine plan for our life.

Fortunately, we can shake this hold on us, and our freedom comes when we decide to forgive whatever transgressions are made against us. This decision, with some practice, can become second nature.

Clearly the choice to resent no one is our opportunity to free our mind and heart for the real activities God hopes we’ll attend to. Our purpose in this life goes unfulfilled when we’re consumed by resentments. Now we have a program of recovery to help us develop a forgiving heart and find the peace and joy that are part of God’s will for each of us.

Holding resentments against others hurts me. Forgiveness can make me glad I’m alive today.

You are reading from the book:

In God’s Care by Karen Casey

In God’s Care by Karen Casey. © 1991 by Hazelden Foundation

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