Recently Read More
A dear fri Read More
Last Febr Read More
November 30, 2014
Dear Senator John M Read More
Here is a letter that I wrote to President Obama:
- August 20, 2014
- Dear President Obama:
- I’ve written to you on several occasions about ending war by using the forgiveness process.
- Here is a suggestion. Maybe you can put it on me? I know saying the words, “Please forgive us,” sounds cowardly. And the press has mocked you in the past for saying it. Yet, I know forgiveness works.
- We have been given a very unique opportunity with Ferguson. The world is watching to see how we handle our own internal wounds, on our own soil. Our internal wounds, however, are a mirror showing us the world’s wounds. Perhaps we can try the forgiveness process with the situation in Ferguson. If that works, then move to Israel and Hamas. Then Iraq and Afghanistan. The situation with ISIS. Syria. Russia and Ukraine. Perhaps we can be the example. Wherever there is tension, we can dissolve it with love.
- Maybe you can say something like this:
- “There’s a Mom in Phoenix, Arizona that keeps writing me letters about the forgiveness process and how it can end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
- “Guess what? She wrote me another letter about Ferguson. Now it’s on our soil,” she wrote. “Now, we have an opportunity to not erase a wrong, but to relieve the residue of a wrong that has been brewing for a very long time. We forgive because we have been hanging on to this resentment of racism for far too long. We forgive because without it we condemn ourselves to repeating endlessly the very trauma or situation that hurt us in the first place. We forgive because we need restoration, and human beings, no matter what their color, race, religion, gender, age, size, disability, or sexual orientation should be treated with human dignity. Maybe we are afraid or shameful to admit to the extent of our hatred, but I am here to tell you that our love flows so much deeper and wider, and I believe that it is this love that says, “The situation in Ferguson exposes a much deeper issue that needs to be discussed.”
- Maybe this mother in Phoenix, Arizona has a point.
- She goes on to say, “ Letting go of the past and moving on is a tall order. It took me over twenty years to forgive the man who murdered my brother. Then another five years to restore me, to close the hole in my heart. It requires a kind of releasing that I still find difficult to do, but I’m so thankful that I did. I forgave because my heart was not going to heal until I did forgive. I forgave for my own peace of mind. I forgave because I love my brother, Zack, and no one, not even the man who murdered him, can taint that love.”
- “People of Ferguson, you are not alone. There are many who have been wronged. What the world needs right now is a whole lot of forgiveness and love. Will you consider softening your heart and being the example of forgiveness? Will you allow the winds of change to move through you? These issues of racism or sexism or discrimination and hatred, violence, and bloodshed have gone on for far too long. I am so sorry. Perhaps there seems to be too large of a gap, not enough love, too much time has passed, too many wrongs to make anything right. I know I’m asking a lot, but will you give forgiveness a chance? Will you choose to walk in love and peace with me?”
- If my words don’t make sense, search your heart. Give forgiveness a chance. Talk to an elder. Check out a book on forgiveness at your local library. The forgiveness process will never go away. It will always be there, day in and day out knocking on your heart’s door. Like I said, it took me over twenty years to give it a go, but I wish now that I would have started sooner. Whenever one gets around to it, though, is just the exact time it should happen. Here is a link to my church www.lacasalive.com. Pastor Garman just gave a great sermon on forgiveness on 9-14-14. Click on www.lacasalive.com and check out his sermon if you would like. The sermon is called Amazing Grace …for what?
- It doesn’t matter what religion you are either, forgiveness is part of all of them. Love is the answer. It does matter, however, about what’s going on in the heartland of America. If we want the fighting to stop over there, then we need to address our fighting over here.
- Please encourage the town of Ferguson to be the example of how love can end war.
- Or say it in your own words. When the timing is right, you will know. You’ve got a hard job. I’m sorry to make it any harder with this forgiveness stuff. Do you think it’s possible to end violence in Ferguson with love and a forgiving heart?
- Sara Enochs
Hello Fellow Read More
Recently in Read More
Young Charlie had to Read More
May 28, 2014
&nb Read More