We have all heard of the tragedy of the German prison camps during World War II. As stories of the atrocities and injustices that were performed at these campus are told, it seems impossible to imagine the Lord at work during this time. But while going through the clothing of one of the children who were kept at the Ravensbruck concentration camp, this note was found scribbled on a piece of scrap paper:
“O Lord, remember not only the men and woman of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all of the suffering they have inflicted upon us: Instead remember the fruits we have borne because of this suffering, our fellowship, our loyalty to one another, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown from this trouble. When our persecutors come to be judged by you, let all of these fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness.”
How could someone endure such pain and injustice and yet willingly forgive those who had hurt him? Not only did this young child freely forgive his captors, but Christ freely forgave those who had wronged Him as well.
Source: DTW, July 23, 2008