It started a couple of months ago as I started to read Shane Claibourne's book "Jesus for President". This book is wide ranging in subject matter from how radical Christ's words were (much more than we typically think) to how to live a life of forgiveness and grace.
Then, last week, I listened to the messages on "Grace - What's so amazing about Christianity?" and "Forgiveness - Why did Jesus have to die?" from here. As I was listening to the last message I thought of someone I need to forgive. Then my mind wandered to questions brought up in a conversation this morning. What if, rather than reacting with vengeance for the events of 9/11, we would have reacted with forgiveness like the Amish did when their school children were murdered 2 years ago?
One other thought though... Forgiveness does not eliminate justice