Our church sermon packed a punch last Sunday.
When I walked into the church, I noticed strands of black yarn draped over the pews, from the back to the front. It looked like the beginnings of a spider web. The yarn was a symbol of our sins. During his sermon, Rabbi instructed us to take the threads closest to us and hold them up. Then, standing at the alter, Rabbi began gathering the strands, pulling them through our hands, rolling them into a tangled wad.
In short, Rabbi urged us to let go of our sins and give them to God.
As affirmed in the scripture, when God forgives, God forgets.
Yet, some of us spend a lifetime beating ourselves up for our mistakes and missteps.
This sermon spoke loudly to me.
In my book, The Lemonade Diet, my first lesson is about forgiveness. Not about forgiving others, but about forgiving ourselves. I had to learn my lesson the hard way. I didn’t write about forgiveness referring to sins or religion, but about the importance of loving yourself and forgiving yourself.
We are human. We make mistakes. Our goal is to learn from our mistakes and make better decisions next time. It is not to punish ourselves forever.
I mean, how can we go forward and do good in this world if we chain ourselves to the past?
We go to great lengths to punish ourselves and never let us forgive or forget. It’s time to stop it.
We’ve got work to do. Let’s go!