Saturday, February 28, 2009
In a speech with the title I'm Still Learning To Forgive, Corrie Ten Boom tells about how memories in a concentration camp came back when she came face to face again with one of her captors. In her minds eye she could see her sister's frail form and ribs beneath the parchment of skin. She felt the shame of walking naked past the men.
Her former captor said to her, "You mentioned Ravensbruck in your talk. I was a guard there. But since that time I have become a Christian. I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did there, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well. Fraulein. Will you forgive me?"
Corrie Ten Boom said, "And I stood there and could not. Betsie had died in that place. Could he erase her slow terrible death simply for the asking? It could have been many seconds that he stood there, hand held out, but to me it seemed hours as I wrestled with the most difficult thing I had ever had to do. And so woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined hands. And then this jealing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes. I forgive you, brother! I cried. With all my heart!"
"For a moment we grasped each other's hands, the former guard and former prisoner. I had never known God's love so intensely as I did then."
Free Yourself to Love--The Liberating Power of Forgiveness by bestselling author Jackie Kendall is one of the books I will be giving away on my blog. As a survivor of severe childhood abuse, Jackie Kendall is an expert on forgiveness. I can't even begin to tell you how much I learned from Jackie's good book. I will have five copies of her book to give away. Visit my blog and let me know you are interested. Who knows? Maybe one of them will be put in the mail to you.