Saturday, October 07, 2006

Forgiving and Loving Our Enemies

Pretty moving audio take on the Amish response to the recent massacre of their kids in Pennsylvania. It's short and powerful.

Every once in a great while you get to see the real spiritual deal in public. Pretty inspiring contrast to so much of what's been going on here and elsewhere under the label of faith.


Blogger 3wishes said...

Thanks, I didnt get my infusion of NPR today and really needed it. :) This past July I was driving on the Canadian side of Lake Eerie, dazzled by the sight of an Amish family having a picnic lunch under a tree in their own orchard, playing with the kids and throwing frisbee to the dog. It was a Tuesday and it might have been the best "power lunch" I have ever witnessed. It looked like heaven. Lake Erie was a couple of stones throw from them. No high rises in the way. I missed NPR today because of dealing with a family that the devil has a hold on up in Canada. Prayers needed. Peace.

1:17 PM  
Blogger limco said...

I heard this broadcast and had trouble driving because of how moved I was and the tears that followed. I've listened to it on-line again and shared it with my son. A gentleness that surpasses all understanding is being displayed by the amish that are dealing with this tragedy. Forgivness in this situation seems impossible and yet these people are working towards it and it gives me hope. With God all things are possible.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

Agreed. Everything that I've seen and heard from the victims and their families has been inspiring.

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

from a recent interview concerning financial donations to the Amish community involved in the tragedy:

Q: "The Amish have said they’d like some of the money to go to the family of the killer."

A: "There was one bank account set up specifically for his family. In addition to that, the accountability committee, on behalf of the church leadership, has said that if there are needs beyond that fund, they want to make sure that some of the money that comes in designated for Nickel Mines victims [goes to the killer's family]. Nickel Mines victims include [that] family, in their definition. There are conversations about what the family's needs are, such as scholarship funds for the children. The committee will contribute as it becomes clear what the needs are."

Q: "Are the Amish aware of how people have been inspired by the community’s generosity toward the killer's family?"

A: "I’ve heard them talk about that. They’re recognizing that this is an event that affects a lot of people both from grief and from its learning potential. I’m sure that many of them feel that deeply and are very very grateful for it. But an Amish person would be very reluctant to talk about "We’re teaching the world something." What they would say is, "We just did what we think we need to do as people of faith. Our actions are more important than our words."

1:31 PM  
Blogger Wordcat said...

Great comment Jon. That's the gospel in short.

10:03 PM  

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