DEVOTION: Pardon Me, Please

by Beth Bondurant

'The very things I would do....I don't do...and the very things I don't want to do... I do."

Over and over it seems to be the same story... where my intentions are good... but my actions are opposite.

I know what I should think and say...but somehow that isn't the way my words come out.

Beauty and goodness encompass me... but I can't seem to see and embrace it.

Fear and conflict negate my peace and well being.

I remember ... and it's hard to forget.

Peter asked the Master, "Lord, if someone keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive them? Is seven times enough?"  The Master answered, "No, not seven times, but 70 times 7."


O God, when I remember... it's seems too hard to forgive and to forget. Tragedy and suffering are too hard on my heart, mind, body and soul.  I want to put things into your hands and let go of my fear and conflict... but somehow that just doesn't happen. Dark doubt dredges up the dirty waters....separating me from grace and goodness. O God, forgive me!  I want to believe in unconditional love and mercy.  I want to receive unending hope, joy, kindness and gentleness.  I claim your patience and peace... and will wait and rest in your goodness.  I believe.  I know my need.  Pardon me... Please!

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