Carrying a grudge can often get quite heavy, especially if you're trying to carry it over a long distance or a long period of time. Sometimes however, it seems like it would be a lot easier to just hold onto a grudge than it would be to forgive someone. It isn't, by the way. A grudge will eat at your soul until there is nothing left, and forgiveness is the only way to come out of it alive. Just because you forgive someone doesn't mean that you have to be best buddies, but it does mean that you no longer hold over their head whatever it is that they did.
"Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die."
Have I been holding a grudge? Yes, or at least I had been for awhile. Have I let it go yet? Mostly. It still needs some work. These things take time, but I have taken some great steps toward reconciliation.
Over the last week of Lent (Holy Week), focus on the last two petitions of the Lord's Prayer:
"Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
Here's to Days Just Packed with letting go of grudges!