Forgiveness Doesn’t Come With a Debt

“Forgiveness doesn’t come with a debt.” That line just resonates in me! It’s kinda buried in Mary Chapin Carpenter’s I Take My Chances, one of my favorite songs ever.

I struggle with the concept of forgiveness – on both sides. To forgive means to first judge and find guilty, and I think (I hope) I don’t often judge. But having found one guilty, I cannot easily forgive, nor can I seek or easily accept forgiveness. I’m a strange duck. Still, it’s a cool song that’s really not about forgiveness. (Or is it?) You can listen to either (or both) her studio version or her live stage performance of the song in the links below.


But I never learned nothing from playing it safe.
I say fate should not tempt me.

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