Forgive us our sins

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. day the quote from the thoughtful mind offered this quote from the man honored today: “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”  At our tables this noon was a word from another great man. “The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong,” Mahatma Gandhi.

Goshen College Parables

I woke this morning in time to hear a speech by John Lewis about his memories of Martin Luther King.  You can hear his speech by clicking here.  I had slept later than usual in part because of being at a special service by Goshen College Parables in our packed Gathering Room.  One of young women told a life story that revealed that she has grandparents who live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. After the program I questioned her about their identity.  It turned out that I knew her grandfather,  her grand uncle, and her great grandfather.

Goshen College Parables.

Now a personal plea for forgiveness and forbearance.  As a rule I post a  protected version of a post to give opportunity for it to be read privately to check punctuation and its clarity.  The final version is my responsibility. On occasion to the frustration of subscribers I happen to send out an email with the protected version attached. This frustrates me. I ask your forgiveness. I must also forgive my 90 year old brain and fingers, and I ask for forbearance and forgiveness from those who have been confused by my blunders.  The college students in the Parables made no miscues that my untrained 90 year old ears could hear. By the way, there is no protected version of this post. It is sent out in its naked form as draft.  Now you know:

Gandhi King Jesus
each died for love of others
All should emulate  


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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