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Suffering and Forgiveness – A Powerful Message on Good Friday

One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods. As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right. He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job.

His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him.
He remembered family that had passed on.   His mind turned to the Illness he had that no one could cure.

His very soul was filled with anger, resentment and frustration.
Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find,

knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there.    And with tears in his eyes, he prayed:

“Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have
told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed.

Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot.I don’t know how. It is not fair Lord.
I didn’t deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I
shouldn’t have to forgive.   As perfect as your way is Lord, this one
thing I cannot do, for I don’t know how to forgive.

My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray that

You teach me to do this one thing I cannot do – “Teach me To Forgive.”

As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder. He opened his eyes.   Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt.

He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground.   He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them.

He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus
hanging on a cross.    He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a
torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head.

Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face.    As their eyes met, the
man’s tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.

Have you ever told a lie?” He asked?

The man answered – “yes, Lord.”

Have you ever been given too much change and kept it?”

The man answered,” yes, Lord.” And the man sobbed more and more.

Have you ever taken something from work that wasn’t yours?” Jesus asked?

And the man answered, “yes, Lord.”

“Have you ever sworn, using my Father’s name in vain?”

The man, crying now, answered, “yes, Lord.”

As Jesus asked many more times, “Have you ever”?

The man’s crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer,

“yes, Lord.”

Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man
felt something fall on his other shoulder. He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus.   When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and here was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.

Jesus said, “I didn’t deserve this either, but I forgive you.”

~Author Unknown


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2 Responses to “Suffering and Forgiveness – A Powerful Message on Good Friday”

  1. Becky says:

    Great post! The difficulty with forgiving someone is so hard, but there seems to be peace. I really enjoy your insight on this. I’d love to read more on this topic.

    I recently stumbled upon another blog like I stumbled upon yours and I really appreciated their insight. I thought you might enjoy it: http://burisonthecouch.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/forgiveness/

    Thanks for the post!

  2. Lady Sharon says:

    Dear Becky,

    I apologize for the delay in replying. I appreciate your thoughts and insights. I found the post on “Buris on the Couch” very thought provoking and I thank you for providing the link. The phrase from Oprah ““forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.” holds a definite truth. It is part of our denial that often prevents us from forgiving. To accept or surrender to the truth of the past, allows us then to let go in a way. At least i think that is what it means.

    I agree with the second part of the post also. Whenever we are hurt by anyone we should always ask ourselves what it means about us. We are responsible for our feelings and our focus in the world. Forgiveness opens up the doors to so many aspects of our beings. I thank you for sharing these insights. I am still pondering what they mean to me. Please do visit Camelot anytime as you are part of Camelot.

    May your way be guided by peace.

    Lady Sharon
    Scribe of Camelot