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Mar 04, 2008
Your forgiveness was truly noble
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Molly, I'm delighted that you forgave your father, and I'm equally delighted that you have found forgiveness so healing. You are so right that you do not have to see him to maintain that forgiveness. He asked for forgiveness for himself, yet you still pardoned him, partly for you and partly for him. Absolving him under these circumstances really and truly was noble of you.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Mar 05, 2008
A priceless gift
by: Linda Settles

Molly,

I am so glad that your father asked your forgiveness; and that you found it in your heart to forgive him. I am glad, also, that you understand the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. Some people believe that forgiveness demands reconciliation--and that belief hinders them from letting go--letting go of the blame and giving themselves permission to move on with their lives. Permission to heal.

Forgiveness releases a guilty person from blame--reconciliation renews the bond with them--and the two actions are as different as night and day. The first depends only on the giver (in this case you) and the second requires repentance, acceptance of responsibility, and a change of heart in the offender. It is a wise person that recognizes the difference between the two.

Thanks for sharing your story.

This commenter has a "room" on OpenSpace on this website. To read her various entries, check out Linda's Room.

Apr 26, 2008
True strength
by: Ritapearl

Molly,

I also have been through abuse, i have to say the fact that you forgave your father says alot about you as a person but the fact that you also reply to his letter says alot about the strength you have in you. it takes a strong person to work past the anger, forgive their abuser and actually let them know you forgive them.

Well at least thats what i think.

All the best for the future and i'm sure it will be full of the happiness and love you deserve!

Ritapearl

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