Sermon Illustrations

I would like to close with a prayer found a Ravensbruck concentration camp on a piece of wrapping paper near the body of a dead child, a prayer possibly written by the mother of that child.

O Lord remember not only the men and women of good will but also those of ill will. But do not only remember the suffering they have inflicted on us; remember the fruits we bought, thanks to this suffering: our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart which has grown out of all this. And when they come to judgment, let all the fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness (Prayer - Richard Foster p.240)