Marilyn Friesen

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Monday, June 24, 2013

I Forgive You, My Enemy

Hi there.
I suppose most of you have heard of the dreadful concentration camps where thousands of people have been kept during war time.  I suppose some of you don’t want to hear any more about them either, but wait! This is a good news story. And it really happened.
                Somewhere in a place called Ravensbrock Concentration Camp an adult, probably a mom or dad, knew that they were going to be put to death, but because they expected, or at least hoped their child would survive, they wrote a gentle note of forgiveness and stored it with the child's garments. Because it is so beautiful and heart-touching, it deserves to be shared with the world.
Oh, Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted upon us: instead remember the fruits we have borne because of this suffering, (remember) our fellowship, our loyalty to one another, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown from this trouble. When our persecutors come to be judged by you, let all of these fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness.
Isn’t that full of mercy and compassion? That’s what Christ does for us if we completely surrender to Him. Maybe some of you have friends or loved ones who are suffering persecution at this very moment. Let’s unitedly pray for them. Let’s make today a “Pray for the Suffering Day.”
P.S. While you pray for fellow Christians who have severe tribulation, please pass this on so others will also think to pray.