More Forgiveness

“Mackenzie Allen Philip’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.”

Pastor Dave’s blog on Wednesday introducing the midweek Lenten worship got me thinking about forgiveness. The quote you’ve just read is directly from the back cover of the last book I finished reading; early on the Sunday morning two weeks ago when we last worshiped together. (By the way, let me just say here that I really missed getting together last Sunday to worship with you all- and again yesterday, missing our first Lenten worship!!)

Anyway, the book I read was “The Shack; Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity” by Wm. Paul Young, copyright 2007. When I ran across it at my favorite used bookstore (Goodwill) I vaguely remembered that somebody, don’t remember who, had told me I just had to read it. Too bad I waited eight years, (better late than never!) because it is truly one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read. I’ll be re-reading it often. It’s possible that I may just be one of the last Christians on the planet to have actually read the book, which apparently people either loved or hated.

Mack, it turns out, has an awful lot of forgiving to do. Besides the fact that he grew up being abused by his father, and feels he failed as a father for not being able to protect his daughter; he is extremely angry at God for allowing Missy’s murder. Forgiveness, it’s pretty obvious, will NOT come easily for Mack. And it isn’t until Chapter 16, ‘A Morning of Sorrows’, that he is able to actually forgive the man who murdered his beautiful daughter; and then only because of God’s presence in him. Each chapter in the book begins with a selected quote, and I will end this devotion with Paul Young’s selected quote for Chapter 16:

An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, But to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others. - A.W. Tozer-

I look forward to exploring the Lord’s Prayer with all my sisters and brothers in Christ.

God’s peace,
Steve Koerwitz

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