And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors Matthew 6:12
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:24
There are amazing stories of forgiveness in the face of horrific violence. That is what we hear from those who live out these stories in places like Rwanda and Burundi. I had the opportunity to meet Freddy Tuyizere who works for Youth for Christ International. His work with his staff builds homes and communities for those who are the survivors of genocide - www.burundiyfc.org (Check out this site).
We are taught to pray the “Lord’s Prayer” that requires that we “forgive our debtors” as a daily prescription! This prescription is one that leads to healing. The prescription is counter-cultural in our violent world where we look for compensation and retribution. We want to believe that justice will heal the wounds.
We believe it is significant that from the Cross is another time we hear the mandate to forgive. Help us to see our crosses through the lens of forgiveness and understand that the Cross is the source for all our healing.
Thanks be to God for the living witness of Freddy Tuyizere.
Restoration - March 14, 2013
Suffering - February 11, 2013
Healing Presence - January 3, 2013
Healing and Violence - December 16, 2012
God's Grace - October 30, 2012