Stress blog

To forgive, divine

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. June 18, 2010

Need more help?

If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Recently a beloved member of our community was very seriously injured by another individual. This was not an accident; this was a deliberate attempt to harm another person. I'm struggling with how to reconcile this behavior and how to forgive.

As many of you have commented, it's easy to tell others to "let go and move on" when we feel safe and comfortable. However, it's tough to do when someone close to us has been injured or we perceive that we've been wronged.

I've heard individuals far brighter than I am say that forgiveness is not possible without a power and grace over and above ourselves. Because it seems so counter to human nature to simply turn the other cheek, I tend to believe that the ability to do so comes from a higher power. What do you think?

I welcome your suggestions and insights about how to move forward in the face of outrageous and dreadful behavior.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

Follow on Twitter: @EdwardCreagan

Join the discussion at #Stress.

22 Comments Posted

Jun. 18, 2010