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How do you create a forgiveness memory?

February 14, 2014

Last week I went on a 3-day hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with some friends. On our way down the South Kaibab Trail we crossed paths with a man from London. We began talking and he revealed that he had flown all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to do one thing: forgive someone and “leave it all at the bottom of the canyon”. Why? He needed to create a moment when he released his offender. Isn’t that great?

I imagine the days ahead when he’s tempted to relive those old, hurtful memories. Instead of feeling the burden of his old memory, I envision a smile creeping across his face as he switches the channel and recalls in vivid detail the hike down the majestic Grand Canyon where he chose to forgive once and for all. Now, THAT’S a better memory!

I love this hiker’s approach. I got to wondering, “What are some other meaningful ways to create a forgiveness memory?”


Have you ever created a forgiveness memory?

There must be a lot of ways you can create these forgiveness memories. What are some creative ways to create a “forgiveness memory”?

Your idea may help someone else sustain their forgiveness. Would you take a minute and share an idea?


From → Forgiveness

  1. Marilyn Hood permalink

    Dear Mark,

    I do not know if this axiom meets the request of this blog post or not? I ask God to work in my heart to let me live daily not in the “pain of the memory/ies but instead the “memory of the pain”! A reminder continually of how blessed I am to have His forgiveness in order to forgive others. A constant process but one that is doable because he lives and loves so completely.

    In His grace, Marilyn

    Sent from my iPad


    • That subtle shift is important isn’t it? Focus on the pain being a memory (something we’ve overcome) vs. allowing the painful memory to carry forward into our present. Profound! Thanks Marilyn. You’re amazing.

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