I can never forgive myself, she said. Every time I think about it, I get sick to my stomach.
I knew that feeling. I had felt it due to my own failures and shortcomings.
The partial truth about us is hard to accept: We hurt those we love. We fail to step in when others need us most. We do wrongand we need forgiveness. From others and from God, but also from ourselves. But the full truth about us is liberating and freeing: while we are more deeply flawed than we can imagine, we also are far more valuable and cherished than we can comprehend. To reach the place of self-forgiveness, we must embrace this truth. The gift of Gods acceptance frees us from self-blame, guilt, and shame.