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10/02/2006

The Fruits of Suffering

The following prayer is said to have been found on a scrap of paper at the liberation of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in Germany. I don't know that I would have had the faith/strength/courage to write this prayer in that setting, by I do wonder at its ability to speak to loving our enemies.

Lord, remember not only the men of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted upon us. Remember rather the fruits we have brought, thanks to this suffering: our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown out of this. And when they come to judgment, let all the fruits we have bourne be their forgiveness.
peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue
King of Peace Episcopal Church

5 Comments:

  • At 10/02/2006 8:41 AM, Anonymous Kenny said…

    Ouch. Ouch.

    Two blogs in a row...

     
  • At 10/02/2006 5:49 PM, Anonymous william said…

    The power of this prayer becomes apparent when you realize it could have just as easily been prayed by Christ or one of the martyrs. How easy it is for us to become complacent in our spiritual walk until we are genuinely required to love those who hate us.

     
  • At 10/02/2006 7:03 PM, Anonymous Debbie said…

    Victor Frankl, an survivor of Auschwitz, ended his memoir, Man's Search for Meaning saying,

    "We have come to know man as he really is. Man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered thos gas chambers with the Shma Yisrael on his lips."

     
  • At 10/02/2006 7:05 PM, Blogger Robin D. said…

    After days like today one realizes the shear emotional power of Jesus. I am beat down and drained dry today. I just can't love everyone the way I'm supposed to. OH LORD PRESERVE US FROM HARDNESS OF HEART. It is so hard to care for the ignorant, ugly, ill-tempered, mean, unkempt, dirty, stinky, depraved and trashy. I know, I've tried!! I'll try again tomorrow. Jesus really must be the Son of God if he can not only stand those people but love'm too! DEAR LORD RESTORE MY SOUL! AMEN.

     
  • At 10/04/2006 10:12 PM, Anonymous Robert Christian said…

    Thank you for sharing this and William your right, Christ could've easily prayed this prayer. I think it would be an excellent daily prayer or something for use in the service.

    I just hope people never forget the singling out people who are different and inflicting hardship and pain is wrong no matter who they are! (not sure I could end a sentence with a verb but there it is.)

    While sharing for those who teach sunday school or just for those who need a sort powerful book on the the subject of the holocaust try

    Eve Bunting's The Terrilbe Things. Here's a review just to help.
    If you are planning to introduce the Holocaust to children, picture books make a good beginning. The most comforting books are those that hold some kind of hope. This book is an allegory of the holocaust, where a small questioning rabbit witnesses one animal after another being taken from his peaceful forest.

    Ich desz Bogiem, thats a Polish blessing meaning Go with God!
    Bob

     

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