Whether they deserve it or not
Sunday March 20th 2022, 10:02 pm
Filed under: Friends,History,Life

By way of introduction: Dave, who’s lived here most of his adult life, was a teenager whom we knew when we lived in New Hampshire 35 years ago. His oldest is in college now. His grandfather was a rabbi who fled the pograms in Russia.

He’s a lawyer.

So he prefaced his remark in Sunday School by saying that when you think of pardons, we generally think of a Presidential pardon. The difference between a pardon and forgiveness?

You don’t deserve a pardon.

You deserve forgiveness.

The person forgiving you deserves that they do so.

To which I would add, and of course forgiveness doesn’t mean condoning, it means I recognize the humanity in you in spite of what you did. If nothing else, to keep from pulling me down to your level.

Dang. I wrote all that out because his words sounded so brilliant at the time and, Sunday School lesson or no, I still can’t find it in me to forgive the murdering little warmonger over there. I am willing to turn that job over to Christ because it’s frankly well beyond me. I just want him stopped.

I am so glad Dave got to be born here.

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I can’t find it in me either. And – the more we hear, the harder it is. Schools, theatres, long term care homes, taking people to “camps” in Russia.
Just close the airspace and stop him.

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 03.21.22 @ 6:49 am

I definitely can’t. I wish I could, but no.

Comment by ccr in MA 03.21.22 @ 9:17 am

In another situation, a good friend told me, “there are some things that have to be forgiven by G*d, we turn it over and let G*d handle it.” We don’t nurture that dislike/hatred/anger, but we also don’t beat ourselves up over our feelings. Because we are human, and the anguish we see is real.

Comment by Mary Hunt 03.21.22 @ 10:23 am

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