Between projects today I keep returning to my computer to continue my contemplations of forgiveness. I remember an American Experience episode on PBS a little while back that was about the Amish. This tight-knit community taught us all so much about forgiveness after the horrors of October 2, 2006 when many of their children were shot and killed by an outsider who then shot himself.
These devout people displayed incredible forgiveness. Through my tears I watched and learned about how they felt devastatingly hurt, of course, but they did not collapse into hatred. About the grieving grandfather telling others ‘we must not think evil of this man’. About how they forgave the killer and offered support to his family. About one Amish man sharing his tremendous relief at not having to sit in judgment of the murderer, because, he said, that wasn’t his responsibility, that’s God’s job.
Processing this incredible example of faith helps me to choose lightness in my heart. I willingly and completely turn my hurts over to a much Higher Power. I am free. I do not have to judge anyone who I feel has wronged or betrayed me. That is up to God. I choose to be filled with light and love. I honestly feel lighter.
Wishing you all a light and peace-filled day.