Forgiveness, healing memories; This quote addresses forgiveness and the healing of memories;
“Forgiving does not mean forgetting. When we forgive a person, the memory of the wound might stay with us for a long time, even throughout our lives. Sometimes we carry the memory in our bodies as a visible sign. But forgiveness changes the way we remember. It converts the curse into a blessing. When we forgive our parents for their divorce, our children for their lack of attention, our friends for their unfaithfulness in crisis, our doctors for their ill advice, we no longer have to experience ourselves as the victims of events we had no control over.
Forgiveness allows us to claim our own power and not let these events destroy us; it enables them to become events that deepen the wisdom of our hearts. Forgiveness indeed heals memories.”
Henri J. Nouwen
Another great quote by this amazing author. Forgiving is a decision, like canceling a debt. When we forgive we still remember so we will learn from the past. What we do NOT want to do is throw the past up at another, remember forgiving is canceling a debt.