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Ten years after World War II, a West German Christian met with some Christians from Warsaw, Poland. He wanted to know if it would be possible for a group of Christians from Germany to come to Poland to apologize for the brutality inflicted upon the Poles during the war.


The Polish Christians, to a man, refused to even consider such a meeting. "The wounds are still too fresh," one of the men said, with considerable pain in his voice. "Every stone in Warsaw is stained with Polish blood from a German bullet or bayonet.”


The German Christian accepted their answer, and asked, “Before I go, could we say the Lord’s prayer together?” and the agreed to his request.


They all began to recite the beautiful prayer found in Matthew 6, but when they got the part that says, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive…," there was silence.


No one could go on. Then, the Polish Christian who had been the most vehement in his rejection said, "This is difficult, but if I cannot begin to forgive, I cannot pray the prayer.”


A year later, the groups met. The healing had begun.

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