The Dreadful Duty of Forgiveness

One of the most unpopular and difficult virtues of Christianity is forgiveness.  As C.S. Lewis put it, “[e]very one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”  Sadly, our personal lives recently have been an exercise in forgiving the unforgivable. On May 4 of this year, while cycling near his home, my father-in-law David was struck and killed by an impaired (alcohol and drugs) hit-and-run motorist.  David was a beloved man.  He was a husband, a father of four, and a grandfather of 11.  He was also a kind and caring brother to four siblings and a loving son to his parents, all of whom survive him.  David was lovingly and intimately involved in each of these lives.  He was also a pastor, counselor, and middle school teacher at a Christian academy.  He was 64 years old and in very good health (which cycling helped him maintain). David was especially involved in our lives.  For over 14 years,...(Read Full Article)