In 1709 at only 21, Alexander Pope published his first book of poetry. This inaugural work contains a remarkable amount of timeless quotes. “A little learning is a dangerous thing”, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” and of course, “To err is human, to forgive divine.”
There are many ways to interpret this: everything from the innocuous idea that everyone makes mistakes all the way to the cynical view that our mistakes are inescapable, and forgiveness is the unhappy chore of God.
To forgive is indeed a quality of the divine, but it is much more than that. It is also a transcendent experience, and one that must pervade each of us from God. Forgiveness is not a chore; it is a God-dependent journey where we begin to receive more love, live in greater hope and freely give mercy away.
Join us on Sunday as we take a closer look at this essential part of the human experience.
– Pastor Grace Wilkinson