Sunday Inspiration: Forgiveness


A Prayer for Yom Kippur

To those I may have wronged

I ask forgiveness.

To those I may have helped,

I wish I could have done more.

To those I neglected to help

I ask for understanding.

To those who helped me

I thank you with all my Heart.

-G’mar Hatimah Tovah

Today’s quote is in honor of Yom Kippur which is being celebrated by Jews around the world beginning this Wednesday and ending Thursday evening. This is also a time to reflect on those whom we have hurt or harmed during the past year and to seek forgiveness.

Not your faith or tradition? Don’t worry. This is a worthy practice for people of all religions and one of my favorite religious messages.

Who do we need to forgive? What past hurts and insults do we need to release? Let it go. If we can’t, why not? Are we better, happier, healthier for holding our painful past so close? Here’s some tips on how to apologize.

My thanks to one of the world’s great religions for this welcome reminder.



  1. Iris November on October 2, 2022 at 6:19 am

    L’Shana Tova Tika tavu
    Happy New year to you too!!!
    The prayer is important.
    The dates for Yom Kippur 2022 are Tuesday night and all day Wednesday. It is a sad and beautiful holiday.
    Much love, Iris

  2. Kate on October 2, 2022 at 8:42 am

    In Canada, September 30 was the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation as well as Orange Shirt Day. We remember those wrongs committed to Indigenous peoples through the residential school system and systemic racism. It will be a long road to forgiveness.

  3. DELORES on October 2, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Something we can all live by!

  4. Betty Levenson on October 2, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Thank you for the beautiful sentiment! I’m sorry to correct you, but Yom Kippur begins Tuesday, 10/4 at sunset and ends Wed. 10/5 after sunset…

  5. Judy Zell on October 2, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    I posted this prayer on my Facebook page this week, a few days early for Yom Kippur, but good prayer anytime.

  6. Terry Guerra on October 8, 2022 at 3:56 am

    Beautiful reminder for all.

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