by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths
Let’s say that you did something wrong (G-d forbid). Well, now that you think about it, there were a few things that you did that were probably improper. They didn’t seem so bad when you did them. Maybe you were just a little careless. But now that you go over what happened, well, you see that it could be that you needlessly hurt a few people. You also said some things that were not so kind. You know what? You really damaged someone. Wow, now that you really think about what happened, and you add up all of those things, well, they weigh a lot heavier than you thought they would when you did them.
And now guess what? You got caught. The security cameras were running, and every single thing that you did was recorded. Uh oh!
Now there is a knock on the door. The police have come, and are they are taking you to stand before the judge. Oy!
As you are going up to trial, you think about what you can possibly say. You can not lie about what you did because the judge has seen the videos. It’s hard to make up an excuse because you know that you really did those things that you are accused of having done. What are you going to say to the judge?
Here you are now, standing before the judge. As you can imagine, you’re scared. Your legs are shaking. You are biting your lower lip. Your entire future is in his hands. Will he let you live? How can you possibly make amends for what you did? The judge looks down at you and asks just two questions.
“Are you sorry for what you did?”
You answer honestly, with all your heart. “Yes, yes sir, I am. I am ashamed of what I did. I should not have done those things. I was wrong.” You fight to hold back your tears of shame.
The judge looks deeply into your eyes and sees that you are sincere.
He asks the next question. “Do you promise that you will not do these things again?”
“Yes, yes, and I really mean it. I feel so wrong for what I did. I am so embarrassed. I will pay the damages, and I will never, never do them again.”
The judge looks into your eyes again. You feel his gaze piercing your very heart. Then he says, “I see that you truly mean what you are saying, so I am going to forgive you for everything that you did.”
How would you feel? I’ll tell you how you would feel. HOORAY! WHOPEE! I’m free. You would feel happy from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head. Indeed, this would be the happiest day of your life.
Have a happy Yom Kippur.
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