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Daily Reflections


“…and became willing to make amends to them all.”

One of the key words in the Eighth Step is the word all. I am not free
to select a few names for the list and to disregard others. It is a list of
all persons I have harmed. I can see immediately that this Step entails
forgiveness because if I’m not willing to forgive someone, there is little
chance I will place his name on the list. Before I placed the first name
on my list, I said a little prayer: “I forgive anyone and everyone who
has ever harmed me at any time and under any circumstances.
It is well for me to contemplate a small, but very significant, two-letter
word every time the Lord’s Prayer is said. The word is as. I ask,
“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against
us.” In this case, as means, “in the same manner.” I am asking to be
forgiven in the same manner that I forgive others. As I say this portion
of the prayer, if I am harboring hatred or resentment, I am inviting
more resentment, when I should be calling on the spirit of forgiveness.