Pastoral Musings from Rain City

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

grace wins...

Here's a scrap of paper found near the body of dead child in Ravesnbruck concentration camp in Germany, the site where over 90,000 women and children during WWII:

"O Lord, remember not only men and women of good will, but ill will. But do not only remember the suffering they have inflicted on us, remember the fruits we have brought thanks to this suffering; our comradship, our loyalty, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart which has grown out of all this. And when they come to judgment, let the fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness. Amen. Amen. Amen."

The words remind me of another. God give me the grace to follow, emulating love of enemy in order that grace might triumph for, as one author has written, 'colossal evil is unprepared for an encounter with colossal grace.' May the colossal grace of Christ infuse our hearts, our marriages, our friendships, our workplaces, our relationships with our children, our neighbors, and yes, even our enemies. Amen. Amen. Amen.


At 18/4/09 13:25, Blogger Martin said...

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My daughter, Sarah, attends your church as she is at SPU.

Thanks for this posting today. It comes in God's timing, as I am preparing to show "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" DVD at my church, Mosaic, today. The story of the forbidden friendship between a German boy and a Jewish boy, it is powerful. But the prayer you share here will be a great way to wrap up our discussion time focused on grace and forgiveness.


At 19/4/09 14:52, Blogger the muse said...

Such a powerful reminder for me today. Experiencing grace and forgiveness are the most powerful forms of experiencing God, and the way we show His love to each other. These words can become so trite, but your context brings them alive.
Patti (in Portland
(Katie W's mom)

At 20/4/09 12:08, Anonymous Nathan said...

Richard, thanks for this post. It totally shattered me the other day.


At 20/4/09 14:51, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful words through and through of a heart set free by love. Thanks for sharing this piece on grace.
(And much appreciate your message yesterday...couldn't have been more timely...and its counsel timelessly relevant.)

-Alene Wright

At 20/4/09 15:11, Blogger bleev said...

Tomorrow is the Holocaust Remembrance Day...Yom Hashoah, April 21.


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