Forgiveness for Advent ~ By Rev. Shannon Sullivan
Realizing that the father was dead. Joseph's brother said, "What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?" But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear." - Genesis 50: 15, 19-21a
During our vacation, Aaron and I happened across a small war memorial on our way from Paris to Toulouse. Oradour-
Joseph's brothers feared retaliation for the horror they committed against their own brother. But rather than pay them back, he forgave them and entered into a new life with them, not saying what they did to him was ok, but saying God can make even the bad, good again.
Forgiveness is something we usually talk about in Lent, but this Advent I challenge us to forgive and break cycles of fear and resentment in our own lives.