I welcomed today’s sermon on forgiveness — deliberately positioned on a Communion Sunday.
Most immediately, it gives me cause to return to this blog — a real source of joy, an outlet for my creativity. (I regret the ways the last 6-7 months have derailed me from this and other disciplines. Maybe I need to process further here? Then, again, maybe not. Probably best to just move forward?!) I look forward to a more regular return to this “means of Grace” in my life.
More important, the day’s focus on forgiveness had me reflecting on what I perceive as the essence of Christianity. It had me returning to a subject/topic that has consistently been more provocative and stirring than any other.
Among the things I was not able to do in my two church settings (and one of the things this post can facilitate) is present some videos I have produced over the years — videos which highlight the possibility of radical forgiveness in a broken world.
I ponder the folks over the years who have told me “you don’t know what he (or she) did to me” or “you do not know what I’ve done.” Surveying the stories reflected in these videos, I can not help but conclude: there’s no offense God can not equip us to forgive — either our own or another’s!
The first video (produced in August, 2006) highlights the powerful testimony of Corrie Ten Boom:
The second video (produced in May, 2011) conveys a variety of vignettes of radical forgiveness: