Our team had the privilege last evening of attending a reception in M.P. Rod Bruinooge’s office as he hosted the Journey of Freedom team. The meeting room was packed as many other parliamentarians and their staffers dropped by to have some light snacks and punch (also some great bannock bread with homemade preserves) and to learn about the National Forgiven Summit coming up from June 11-13. You can find out all the details on their official webiste. www.i4give.ca
Kenny Blacksmith gave a great speech to the packed room as he explained the need for forgiveness and was explicit in speaking about the grace of God needed to move this issue forward in our nation.
Here’s a quote …
‘Billy Graham once said: “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” Our greatest healing will come through recognizing the spiritual significance of releasing forgiveness – choosing to let go of a negative past. And striving to reach what is ahead that will breathe life back to our people and restore our nation. Lewis Smedes once said: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Henri Nouwen said: “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures; have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” Martin Luther King Jr. also said: “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.” As you know, forgiveness is not a typical item on political or legislative agendas – it is spiritual, and I believe our Prime Minister of Canada, understood the significance of this necessity and chose on June 11, 2008 to impart a genuine apology to our people, and asked the forgiveness of our people for failing them so profoundly.
With the help of God, in our nation’s journey to healing, we can forgive.’