Such a powerful story today in the Magnificat about a young 13 year old girl murdered on her way home from school in 1984. The house filled with friends giving support gave them comfort until a stranger knocked on their door and shared that he, too, was the parent of a murdered child. "We invited him in to the kitchen table, and for the next two hours he told us in vivid detail everything he'd lost- his health, his relationships, his concentration, his ability to work. He'd even lost all memory of his daughter, because now he could only think of the murder, the trauma, and the hate that followed.... And so we made a decision that night that we would respond differently, and we chose the path of forgiveness..." Wilma Derksen
Wilma Derksen continues so powerfully about her daily call to forgiveness;
Little did I know that the word, "forgiveness" would haunt me for the next thirty years - prod me, guide me, heal me, label me, enlighten me, imprison me, free me and, in the end, define me. I was right out there in public- confessing to everyone the desires of my heart...
For me forgiving has been about turning what has happened to us into good. Forgiveness is not just a one-off event, nor does it mean you're doing the same thing again and again. The issues of Candace's murder present themselves differently every day. Forgiveness if fresh, ongoing, ever present position of the mind which takes on many forms. It's a promise of what we want to do.
Tomorrow night is giving a talk in Fulda... how he burns to share his stories of finding Faith through brain cancer... The Power of Prayer and how God reached out and healed him through his unconditional love and forgiveness!
Lord, touch many hearts as you reveal your unconditional love and forgiveness no matter what!
Jesus, I am yours, and I choose to forgive no matter the injury of circumstance! Holding onto anger and hatred and feeling sorry for oneself leads no where but to lose relationships, love, peace and a small slice of heaven here on earth in our domestic Church/family. To find that happiness we need to let go of our hurts and pride and die to self and forgive and give without counting the cost. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen
I cannot forgive on my own... I can only do it through Christ, who strengthens me!
how Christ strengthens and feeds me!
|"Jesus becoming man" "Jesus sanctifying"|
"Jesus born in poverty"
"Jesus Holy of holies"
"Jesus in his agony"
"Jesus crowned with thorns"
"Jesus carrying his Cross"
"Jesus risen from the dead"
"Jesus ascending to heaven"
"Jesus filling thee with the Holy Spirit"
"Jesus raising thee up"
"Jesus crowning thee"