NEWS FROM THE FRONT PORCH: God’s is the ultimate forgiveness
In church last Sunday, a tall gray-haired man in a suit and tie slowly and nervously walked up to the podium at the pastor’s request to share what happened to him this past week. As he took the microphone, he couldn’t talk because he was crying and shaking. After a long pause, he slowly began to say, “I left the day care where I work and was driving home when, I don’t know what happened (crying and shaking), but the next thing I knew, I had ran over a 14 year-old and his 6 year-old brother riding a go-cart at the end of their driveway next to the road I was driving on. The mother (who saw it all from the driveway) ran over and opened my truck door and said, ‘Don’t you ever blame yourself for this, God alone is the giver of life and the taker of life.’ I collapsed out of the truck on the ground, and she laid on me, praying for me.”
The mother had just taken her sons out of public school, was home schooling them and let them take a break to go outside and ride the go-cart. The 14 year-old died, the 6 year-old survived with injuries, and the mother saw her son go to heaven at the end of her driveway. The 14 year-old had just received Christ as Savior the year earlier at camp, and the mother, by God’s grace, knows God took her son to heaven and is concerned for the man who ran over him.
This man’s misery was so great, but I saw that God’s grace and compassion for him is greater because God is loving him through the young victim’s godly mother. I don’t think I have ever seen Christ in anyone as clearly as I see him through this mother.
After the man was helped to his seat, the pastor said that we are no different from this man. In our distraction we did the same thing. Christ died for all our past, present and future sins. After being beaten all night, and having nails driven through his hands and feet, he looked down from the cross at the soldiers gambling for his clothes and said, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.”
Christ took our sins and offers us his right standing before God for the taking. The mother in the tragedy is offering the driver forgiveness for the taking. It is up to him to receive it and forgive himself. I am praying for the driver and his family along with the victim’s family. Things won’t be all right for them, but their lives are in the right hands – God’s.
“The LORD’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great. I say to myself, “The LORD is mine, so I hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who hope in him, to those who seek him.” Lamentations 3:22-26
Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.