Forgiveness Set Me Free to Love – A Poem

Each year WordPress provides me with an annual report of my blogging activity for the past year. Included in the top five posts of 2012 was an article titled Forgiveness that I wrote for my church newsletter and was the second thing I posted when I started this blog in September 2009. I realized that the subject of forgiveness is timeless and so I decided to write more posts on that topic in 2013. I am starting with this poem about how forgiveness leads to freedom from despair.

Forgiveness Set Me Free to Love

Anger tethered me to the past
holding on strong, holding me back
imprisoned in a dungeon of my own making

Deceived into believing
the walls had been built by another
solid walls I could not escape

Blame fostered thoughts of revenge
of justice for the transgressor
as the Accuser spurred me on

The future seemed a blur
of decades in darkness and woe
with no hope of joy or love

Then through tiny cracks
in the walls of my misery
a light shone, beckoning me escape

The light whispered in the darkness
Forgive and let go
Leave justice to Me

It seemed too simple
and yet to forgive was impossible
without the light to show the way

I could bear the darkness no more
the anger had made me weary
the hatred was draining all life

Trusting the light
I chose to forgive, even the unforgivable
I clung to love instead of hatred

Like the walls of Jericho
the prison of my despair
crumbled and fell at His word

Forgiveness set me free
to live and to love in peace
with hope for my future in view

As this poem began to form in my mind, I thought of the families of the 20 children who were killed in Newtown, Connecticut. These children are now in heaven with Jesus and have no need of lessons on forgiveness. But the families left behind to mourn their loss will need to learn to forgive the troubled young man who perpetrated the evil that took their children away from them.

The natural reaction will be anger and hatred, but unless those feelings give way to forgiveness these families will be trapped in a dungeon of despair. They will need the light and love of God to free them. My prayer for them is that they will be able to trust the Light of Christ to tear down the walls of anger and to ensure true justice prevails.

6/28/14 Update: Shared for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub.

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16 responses to “Forgiveness Set Me Free to Love – A Poem

  1. Excited about this one, Linda. I’m awaiting the proof of my next novel–the theme is forgiveness. How many of us allow anger to totally destroy my life? Letting go is hard, but so freeing.

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  2. when we forgive, it might help them – it really helps us.

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  3. I think no matter once beliefs forgiveness is a necessity for being a humanity.. the concept of revenge has never appealed to me, but on the other hand have I never been a victim either.. good sentiments that wee need more of.

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  4. scotthastiepoet

    Forgiveness set me free indeed, Linda… One of life’s great lessons convincingly realised here… Thank you – With Best Wishes scott http://www.scotthastie.com

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  5. Forgiveness, the key to multiple kingdoms – and you’ve articulated it with insight and grace here.

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  6. So good, Linda! And so true and relevant always.

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  7. What a great mindset. Really exceptional piece. Very strong in all respects.

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  8. How wonderful for you to see that so many are truly interested in forgiveness . . .and then write about that! Great poem and truth for us , Linda . .thank you and God bless you!
    p.s. have you heard the song ‘Forgiveness’ by Matthew West?

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    • Deb, I’m still working (mostly in my head) on a whole book on forgiveness. One day God will pull it all together for me. 🙂 I haven’t heard that song, but am going to go find it on YouTube. Peace, Linda

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  9. smiles….forgiveness gives us and them freedom…justice is gods to determine and we have to be content in maybe never seeing it….smiles….nice…happy new year…

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  10. ok…lots of typos…not better of course but bitter..ugh…sorry

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  11. being able to forgive and let go is something wonderful…a friend once said that if we’re not forgive, we harm ourselves most with it cause we get better…and i think that’s so true… happy new year to you linda

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