By Dean Nelson, Special to the Message
In the movie “27 Dresses,” Jane embarrasses her younger sister Tess in the days just before Tess’s wedding by confiding to a newspaper reporter how greedy, demanding, and out of control the bride-to-be is.
Tess explodes when the feature story appears, and it seems the sisters’ relationship is ruined forever.
But a remarkably brief time later, Tess tells Jane, “I’ve decided to forgive you.”
She then checks off a line on a piece of paper she’s holding – as if forgiving her sister was an item on her to-do list. If it were only that simple.
Everyone knows that forgiveness is not so easy that it can be put on a chore list next to “pick up dry cleaning” and “rotate tires.” It’s complicated. Messy. Guilt-inducing. Especially as the holidays approach.