Feedback from first Email Newsletter ...
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I asked readers in my most recent (and first official) email newsletter what topics they'd like me to consider writing on in the future. Here's one response:
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
I would love for you to explore the practice of forgiveness, especially for congregations and Jesus followers.
In my context, I've seen folks who pray the Lord's Prayer at least weekly, although perhaps weakly. As Richard Rohr suggests, and I paraphrase, "they good people. We give them the hardware, but they can't do it. They just don't have the software."
So, how might we give folks the software. As James Alison, following Girard, "how can we help folks imitate the Forgiving Victim? How might we practice positive, loving, life giving mimesis?"
Bottom line: I'd love to see you write a book on forgiveness!
Thanks - great suggestion. I've often thought of a whole book on the Lord's Prayer - and the subject of forgiveness would naturally be emphasized under the lines you quote. It truly is important ... as you say, as part of our imitation of God in Christ.