Forgive and Forget?

A friend of mine posted this quote on Facebook today…

“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.”
~ Lewis B. Smedes

I don’t know who Smedes is but I like the quote.  I’ve been working on forgiving God.  I think I’ve been having trouble because we alway here it said “Forgive and forget”.

I don’t want to forget, I want to hold on to the memory of that little heartbeat, that little nutt, that first gift of life.

“A healed memory is not a deleted memory”  That’s the part I needed to hear.  I can have a healed memory, a forgiving memory, a memory.  I don’t have to forget, but I can still choose to forgive.

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