Last night, instead of our usual mid week prayer meeting, some of the folk from our church watched the movie Amish Grace. The movie, based on the book, tells about the Nickel Mines School shooting in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 2006 when a gunman shot and killed 5 young Amish schoolgirls.
I have the book:
and started reading it today. I will be interested to see how it compares with the movie.
The theme is on forgiveness and how society in general where astounded at how the Amish could forgive, so quickly, the gunman who killed their daughters.
But what stands out to me is that even christians are astounded and can't believe this response, and many have said they could not forgive. I find this hard to comprehend! Don't they read their Bibles?
Forgiveness doesn't mean we forget or condone what has been done, but it is something the Bible says we must do.
Here are a few quotes from the book:
'The acid of hate destroys the container'
'If we don't forgive, we won't be forgiven'
'True forgiveness deals with the past, all of the past, to make the future possible.'
'"Do your people ever ask, why did God let this happen?"
Yes, probably a million times!'
I'll let you know how the book goes.