Forgiveness and the Amish

Forgiveness, Faith, Part of Religious Community of the Amish

This was a very impressive article to read – how the event of the Nickel mines shooting offered outsiders a glimpse into the heart of the Amish culture.

“It wasn’t the event itself that helped define them, but what happened just hours after the shooting took place when an Amish man walked into the nearby home of the shooters’ parents and said, ‘We will forgive you’”

Forgiveness and the Amish

I like the statement given by one Amishman, “Christ said ‘follow me,’ not ‘study me.’”

In the forgiving of the shooter by the Amish, we see their faith lived, not just given lip service to.

“Which brings me back to Nickel Mines. To the Amish, Nickel Mines was not an ordinary day. But it was just a day. And on that day, the Amish did what they try to do every day. They wake up and make choices that show submission to God’s will.

“The man who walked over to his neighbor’s home wasn’t going over to make some grand gesture. He was making a gesture to God that he would forgive. He hadn’t forgiven and forgotten already. But by making that statement, he was opening the door to forgiveness.

And the next day, that man, the families of the victims of the shooting, and thousands of other Amish would wake up, put on the same style of clothing they wore the day before, and make the choice to forgive.”

I find their example profound and inspiring.

Definition of Forgiveness

I just heard one of the most profound definitions for forgiveness this morning on my way to work.

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.”
Lily Tomlin

It makes you pause and think, doesn’t it?

I love it.

I like the comments by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D about this quote on her blog, “Mindfulness & Psychotherapy”.

Holocaust Survivor Speaks on Power of Forgiveness

I found this story and video remarkable.

Holocaust survivor, Eva Kor, speaks at Albany Med

“It was as if everyone stopped breathing when Eva Kor spoke this morning at Albany Medical Center…”

“How much power does a human being have over their own lives? To be able to be in charge of your own feelings for the first time, not just be angry, but to be free; to me it is extraordinary” said Kor.

This tiny woman is a living example that forgiveness is possible and powerful.

“If I will find one single person that as a result of hearing my lecture will not judge people with prejudice then I have done some good” Kor said.

Forgiveness Miracle

Take a moment today to be inspired by Chris Williams, a father who lost his wife, two children and an unborn baby in one tragic car accident.

Very touching – it’s worth taking the time to watch this one.

“Ignore it and it will go away” forgiveness?

I’ve been reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  I ran across this tidbit that I found enlightening. Although not specifically about the topic of forgiveness, I think it is relevant.

From Page 129, Gretchen writes, “In [magazine] Fresh Outlook, a Bible quotation grabbed my attention. All day long, I’d been annoyed by something a friend had done. I really wanted to criticize that person. I knew that if I did I’d feel remorseful afterward, but I was itching to pour out my irritation to some sympathetic ear. Then I came to a magazine page that had almost no text on it, so the words stood out in sharp relief: ‘Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.’ Proberbs 26:20. Point taken”

I hope these words of wisdom find you more inclined to forgive others’ little irritations in life and less likely to pass on bad feelings to others.   :)