Liz: Heavenly Father, comfort the hearts of these dear ones who need to know they are forgiven by you. All of us have failed you. ALL of us. Your Word tells us, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), and our hearts know that to be true. Yet your mercy is boundless and your love is higher than the heavens and deeper than the oceans. Your Word assures us, "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). You love us, Lord, even in our sin. Remarkable! Now help us forgive ourselves and put our guilt in your trustworthy hands. Then, help us extend grace to those who have failed us, Father. Those people-family members, friends, loved ones-who have hurt us, betrayed us, withheld their love, refused to forgive. As you have forgiven and loved us, Father, please help us forgive and love others. "Forgive, and you will be forgiven," (Luke 6:37) is your promise, and we stand on it this day. In the name of Jesus, whose death gave us life, and whose resurrection gives us hope, Amen.


 

For more information about Liz Curtis Higgs, drop by her website here.  Look for "Whence Came a Prince" (March 2005) and "None but the Brave" (March 2006).

 

Award-winning national speaker, Eva Marie Everson is the author of "Shadow of Dreams", "Summon the Shadows" and the recently released and highly anticipated "Shadows of Light." She can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at www.EvaMarieEverson.com.