Last Sunday the Sermon was on Forgiveness from Matthew 18:21-35 (the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant) A power parable about forgiveness. I used as an illustration the Forgiveness of the Amish Community after the shooting where 10 girls were shot and 5 killed. Quotes from the Amish community:
"I hope they stay around here and they'll have a lot of friends and a lot of support," Daniel Esh, a 57- year-old Amish artist and woodworker whose three grandnephews were inside the school during the attack, said of the Roberts.
Enos Miller, the grandfather of the two Miller sisters, was with both of the girls when they died. He was out walking near the schoolhouse before dawn Wednesday — he said he couldn't sleep — when he was asked by a reporter for WGAL-TV whether he had forgiven the gunman. "In my heart, yes," he said, explaining it was "through God's help."
A Roberts family spokesman said an Amish neighbor comforted the Roberts family hours after the shooting and extended forgiveness to them.
Amish community members visited and comforted Roberts' widow, parents, and parents- in-law. One Amish man held Roberts' sobbing father in his arms, reportedly for as long as an hour, to comfort him
Forgiveness is truly a miracle. I wonder how I would have reacted. The following video is about a man killed and cannibalized a small boy and is up for parole. The father of the boy says if he is let out he will kill him.. I have to admit my thinking is much more in line with this father than the Amish. Thank God He does not give us what we deserve for our sins! Forgiveness is Truly a supernatural thing, a miracle.