Archive for the ‘Forgiveness’ Category
Throughout his life, President Lincoln developed a reputation for compassion and forgiveness. Regardless of how grievous the offense, or how vile the offender, Lincoln was known to exercise his right of presidential pardon quite often.
Perhaps one of the best known examples was in the case of “the sleeping sentinel.” Continue reading
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,” declares Tolstoy in War and Peace. The truth – and consequence – of that statement has revealed itself time and time again throughout the travesties in mankind’s history.
Sadly, it was true of an entire church in Nazi Germany. Continue reading
Immaculée Ilibagiza could hear the killers calling her name. For weeks, she and seven other women silently hid in a tiny shower, trying to escape the holocaust raging through their native Rwanda. The genocide had already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
For days on end, she wondered if she would survive…or die like the rest of her family. Continue reading
For most of us, learning proper syntax and correct grammar was as exciting as watching grass grow. We diagrammed sentences, studied subject/verb agreement…and hated every minute of it. But for Immaculée Ilibagiza, a young African girl caught in a civil war, learning English became a matter of life and death. Continue reading
At the end of one’s life, it’s customary to reflect on relationships. Loved ones can be celebrated and those who have caused harm can be restored through forgiveness. For many, this celebration and restoration is a very important part of the dying experience.
Evidently, it wasn’t for Ramon Maria Narvaez. Continue reading
When we commit sin, we always regret it later; it eats us up on the inside. Our conscience is disturbed and we’re not at peace. Occasionally, we become so stressed we might even do something to try and right our wrong.
Even if it’s decades later…like this man living in Seattle. Continue reading
If you want to know what the face of forgiveness looks like, just take a glance at the face of Rev. Johannes Christian. Now…be warned: it’s a horribly disfigured face…one that has required approximately 40 reconstructive surgeries in the past decade.
But his is literally the face of forgiveness, nonetheless. Continue reading
Phil was in the front yard tossing a football with his two sons when a wild dog jumped the fence and attacked the middle-aged school teacher. The dog bit at his pant leg and then nipped him on the shin a few times before disappearing back over the fence.
Fortunately, his two boys were uninjured, but Phil was immediately rushed to the hospital by his wife who was worried about rabies. Continue reading
A man traveling along a dirt road through rural countryside came upon a peculiar site: across a fence row, a farmer was straining with a donkey that was hooked to a plow. No matter what the farmer did, the donkey wouldn’t budge.
To the passerby, the solution to the farmer’s problem was simple. Continue reading