Launched Toward Heaven


“While I kept silence, my body wasted away, through my groaning all day long.” (Psalm 32:3 NRSV)

The man had definitely wronged me.  While I nursed my grudge with thoughts of retaliation and maybe even a lawsuit, I was well over one hundred percent certain I was right.   He had wronged me and I would tip the scales in my favor by striking back at him and what he stood for.  There was a certain kind of energy I felt from the anger and the wild speculation of revenge possibilities.   Meanwhile my life was spinning out of control.

I had quit my job over the wrong and moved to California.  I had suffered a cataclysmic drop in income.      Here I was using my four years of college to deliver calculators.  Finally, after a worship service I was invited to let go of my unforgiveness.  Just let it go…and don’t ever take it back.    I did it.  Inside I felt like my soul had been launched toward heaven.  During the night I could barely sleep due to the happy fireworks going off in my heart.

Since that time I have learned that forgiveness may be the only way forward in impossibly broken relationships.  And the beauty of this tool is I don’t need the other person’s permission to use it.

About richrockwood

Writer of Christian fiction whose first book "Memory Theft" delves into the impact an extortion scam has on a retired widower. For more information please check out
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