The power of for­give­ness

Rev Bob Rodd - Cri­eff Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church

Strathearn Herald - - FESTIVE MESSAGES 2017 -

When I was a lit­tle boy, just af­ter the war, my sis­ter and I used to love go­ing to our grand­par­ents for Christ­mas be­cause their house had electricity and it was so bright.

Our house was in the coun­try and electricity had not yet reached it and it was lit by lamps and can­dles and it was so dark.

One Christ­mas morn­ing, when I was ex­cit­edly go­ing down­stairs to find my presents, my grand­mother told me to wash my hands be­fore break­fast. I could not un­der­stand this as I had washed them be­fore go­ing to bed the night be­fore! Obe­di­ently I went into the bath­room and had the sur­prise of my life. The bath was half full of wa­ter and float­ing in it was a beau­ti­ful toy yacht with white sails and a pink and white hull.

This was an in­cred­i­ble present be­cause toys were so scarce af­ter the war. The yacht was made by a Ger­man pris­oner of war. Some months be­fore, we were walk­ing on the beach with my grand­fa­ther and we met a man. My grand­fa­ther said‘hallo’and we found the man was a pris­oner of war. The pris­oner of war camp was nearby and the pris­on­ers were al­lowed quite a lot of free­dom.

My grand­fa­ther could have sworn at him or sim­ply passed him by as he was the en­emy who had caused us so much suf­fer­ing, but he was a kind man and talked to him and then in­vited him to our house for egg and chips. Wil­lie (that was his name) came quite of­ten and out of thank­ful­ness, made me the yacht. His daugh­ter be­came my sis­ter’s pen­pal and he and his wife came back to visit af­ter the war.

This kind­ness of my grand­fa­ther showed the power of for­give­ness and how it can make friends of en­e­mies. This is what Christ­mas cel­e­brates be­cause it is the won­der­ful story of Je­sus com­ing into this world to for­give our sins by his death on the cross and to en­able us to be his friends for eter­nity.

Wish­ing you a joy­ous and blessed Christ­mas.

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 23 - Christ­mas Fam­ily Ser­vice, 11.15 am, chil­dren’s na­tiv­ity play, carols and sweets.

Christ­mas Day ser­vice - 10. 30 am, carols, read­ings, mu­si­cal items, fol­lowed by punch and mince pies. All wel­come.

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