For Lenten, we begin to think of the cross and what Christ has done for us. He was nailed to a cross and hung upon Him, was our sin and shame. When we ponder about the cross, we consider Christ’s forgiveness for us. Yet, many people struggle with forgiveness because pain is associated with forgiveness. Someone has deeply wounded us, but the great news is that Christ can set us free from the pain of deep trauma. Unfortunately, we don’t always hear, “I am sorry for the hurt I have caused” from the one that has wounded us. We are called to forgive even if the apology never comes. For this Lenten season, let us remember that Christ forgives us, and therefore, we walk in the path of forgiveness for others. While it may not be easy, it is the best path to take and we will experience freedom in the process. Reflect upon the scripture, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14 NIV).