2014-01-24 / Chaplain's News

The Apology Room

By Chaplain (Maj.) Darin G. Olson
706th Military Intelligence Battalion

As I was preparing to write this article, the thought kept coming back into my mind, “write on forgiveness.” Not really knowing where to begin I Googled, ‘forgiveness’ and The Apology Room popped right up. It is a site where folks can simply email their anonymous apologies to someone. There were apologies for being rude, apologies for having an affair, apologies for not standing up for my faith, apologies for hurting others, and apologies for stealing money. Just about every kind of hurtful thing one person could do to another person was apologized for.

There seems to be something deep within us that wants to “make things right” with others. We somehow instinctively know that when we’ve crossed the line, the right thing to do is to apologize. We don’t always do it but we know we should.

Jesus thought that asking for forgiveness was so important that he made it a priority. More times than I’d like to admit, I’ve come into the office in the morning and started to pray but my prayers seemed to just keep bouncing off of the ceiling. It seemed as if my prayers were never making it all of the way to heaven. As I would start to wonder why my prayers were not “getting through” the thought would come to me, “You were rude to your wife last night. You need to call her and ask for forgiveness.” My prayers continued to bounce off the ceiling until I made the call and got things settled with my lovely wife. Once I had a clear conscience again between both my wife and my Lord, my prayers seemed to take on a strengthened and hopeful attitude.

If you find your prayers seemingly “bouncing off of the ceiling” ask yourself, “Do I need to ask forgiveness from someone?” You may just need to go home and sit in the “Apology Room” for awhile. He said in Matthew 5:23-24, “… if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you … go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Apparently a strained relationship with those living around us puts a strain on our relationship with God.

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