Magic Eraser

August 11, 2011

I am continually amazed at the things I teach my kids because there are so many things I just take for granted that I always knew how to do. The newest thing I taught Brady this week was how to use the eraser on the other side of the pencil.  I did not intentionally set out to teach him this- it just sort of happened.  We were drawing diggers and dump trucks with his stencil book, and I flipped the pencil over to erase the rather lop-sided wheel I drew.

I wish I had a video of his face when I first showed him that you can draw something and then erase it.  He was amazed, and we did it over and over again (and we are still doing it).  He calls it his magic eraser now! He keeps drawing things so he can purposely erase them. 

I keep laughing at his joy because I know we would all love a magic eraser in our life.  I want an eraser that I can magically erase my mistakes and start all over again.  I want the ability to forgive and be forgiven to be as easy as erasing my lop-sided wheel on the paper.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

I always have to remember though that forgiveness and the ability to forgive is one of the many graces we can receive from God. 

How often do we need a magic eraser in our lives? 
Do we find it hard to ask for forgiveness?  Do we find it hard to forgive? 
~Originally written in February 2010

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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