Saying Sorry

Saying sorry is a wonderful gift that the Lord has given us.  I know in my own life if I have said or done something that is wrong when I go and say sorry it either heals the relationship there on the spot, or opens up the way for healing to take place further down the line.  This takes courage and humility.

In the Northern Ireland situation there are five groups who need to say sorry – Northern Irish Protestants, Northern Irish Catholics, people in England, people in the Republic of Ireland and Irish Americans.  All have played their part in creating and maintaining the situation that arose in Northern Ireland.  All need to say sorry.  Even if we do not have opportunities to express this penitence in public could we start to include it in our private prayers, on behalf of our own grouping.

Further down the line opportunities to say sorry more publicly may arise.  Many will feel unable to do this.  Others will see no need to do it.  But if a remnant in each group could take on this responsibility I feel the Lord will be pleased, and will respond.  At least that is what He promised.

‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.’


David Jardine 30 April 2009