My Word of the Year for 2011 has been grace. I love picking out a word to focus on...I have learned so much about patience, prayer and grace these past few years. God has shown me this year that a form of grace is forgiveness. Recently, I read about an amazing forgiveness story, Amish Grace.
Do you remember the shooting at an Amish schoolhouse a few years back? Within hours of the shooting the families of the victims were extending grace to the shooter's family.Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy details the tragedy and the subsequent responses of the Amish community to the shooting. What an amazing story of overcoming anger and bitterness through forgiveness! Not only did I learn more about forgiveness, but I now understand the Amish culture better and what drove them to offer forgiveness from the beginning. Oh, that we could all offer up forgiveness without reservation!
"The acid of hate destroys the container." --Amish Farmer