LETTERS: Forgiveness is no easy answer to deep hurts

Sue Millett, I am truly sorry if I gave the impression in my letter (May 9) that I was judging Leo Fettman regarding his inability to forgive the atrocities committed by the Nazis.

I am also sorry for the unspeakable acts committed during those terrible times. It certainly is not in my purview to judge anyone, only God’s. I only tried to point out that it seemed that he must be carrying a heavy burden and, from your letter, you are as well.

It is certainly not my intention to suggest that forgiveness is an easy thing to do, nor will “everything be peachy-keen.” Although I have never endured the atrocities listed in your letter, in my life I have had to forgive some “unforgivable” things. Forgiving the “unforgivable” is not a natural thing, but rather a supernatural gift.

It seems we all could learn from Corrie Ten Boom and others who were not Jewish (who indeed struggled to assist Jews) and lost family and friends in the same way and places, and who suffered as much as the Jewish people did. They also struggled with forgiveness, finally being able to forgive because of their faith.

As to the suggestion that Christians, such as myself being carted away to face such atrocities, perhaps that is not too far away. Witness what is happening in China, Sudan, and many other places that are committing atrocities against Christians.

Forgiveness, intrinsically, is not the key to a better world-although it certainly helps. Rather, a life changed through Jesus Christ is the answer.

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