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    On Jan 26, 2021 David Doane wrote:

    Forgiveness is letting go of a grievance, getting past it, and relating openly with the other. Celebration is to recognize, honor, and be joyous about forgiveness or whatever. The disciplines of forgiveness and celebration allow and create community. I felt hurt by my best friend, held onto it, distanced from him, and was stubbornly unforgiving for long time, depriving and hurting both of us during that time, probably me more than him. Eventually I saw and accepted that I was very much part of the problem, that I cooperated in making happen what I was so angry at him for, and I forgave him, got past it, and celebrated his being my best friend again. What helps me recognize the reflection is knowing that we are God in human form, and the love anyone gives me is the human expression of the Ultimate Unconditional Love.

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