Prayer tool of forgiving: Vice grip pliers

By Rev. Doral Pulley, Today’s Church Tampa Bay

Vise-grip pliers have several uses, such as removing broken screws and loosening frozen nuts. They can also be used to clamp small things in place, to remove stripped screws and even to open a zipper when the pull breaks off.

Forgiveness, in its simplest form, releases the past. According to H. Emile Cady, “forgiveness is letting go of that which is old, worn, obsolete and that which no longer serves you well.” It removes the broken screws of hurt and loosens you from the frozen nuts of bitterness and resentment.

Forgiveness clamps the love in your heart in place and reminds you of your oneness with all your brothers and sisters of the Universe. It removes the stripped screws of guilt and shame and opens you up to all the good that you zipped away.

Forgiveness may be your most utilized prayer tool because you can’t pray without forgiveness, and you can’t forgive without praying.

Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.

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