‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’

‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’. Rosamond Eleanor Herklots* (1905-1987). Written in June 1966 and printed soon afterwards in the parish magazine of St Mary’s Church, Bromley, Kent, this hymn was inspired by digging up weeds in her nephew’s garden; she perceived that their deep roots resembled the bitterness and resentment that mar so many human relationships and hinder Christian growth. Since its first appearance it has become widely valued for its perception of the difficulties involved in forgiving one another, while upholding the necessity of forgiveness and ultimately pointing to God’s grace and mercy. Biblical sources for the hymn include Matthew 6: 12 and Colossians 3: 13. At some...

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