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Letters from 11 to 17 April 2011

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Opportunities for forgiveness

Your front-page essay speaks to what seems to be a very old problem. Next week at our Tenebrae service we will chant Psalm 74, which has these lines,

The enemy has laid waste everything in your sanctuary.
Your adversaries roared in your holy place;  they set up their banners as tokens of victory.
They were like men coming up with axes to a grove of trees;
they broke down all your carved work with hatches and hammers.
They set fire to your holy-place; they defiled the dwelling place of your Name and razed it to the ground.

The Psalms say what we would like to say, how we feel.

I applaud this congregation that can move a step beyond the longing for vengeance. It's hard to do, and they can probably count on lots of opportunities to practice forgiveness. I hope they succeed.

Michelle C. Jackson
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
Elk Grove, California, USA
11 April 2011

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