Hedgehogs and forgiveness

Hedgehogs are interesting creatures. They are like porcupines with some quills. During the harsh winter they like to be close to each other. But the quills hurt each other. Many hedgehogs died in a cold winter not because of the cold, but because their quills hurt each other.

The hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good.

We are all imperfect in a way. Be it husband, wife, children or an office colleague.
Saint Paul in his letter to the Collasians says so beautifully “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you”( Colosians (3:13}.

When we realize our own imperfections, it becomes easier to forgive. If God has forgiven us so much, how much more should we forgive. There is the story of Henriech Heine, a satirical German poet. He wrote once, that he believed God is a forgiving God. But he wanted to see all his enemies dangling on the trees before he dies. Let us practice true forgiveness.