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prayer of forgiveness

The following was found written on a paper in the coat of a dead girl at Ravensbruck, a German concentration camp for women. Approximately 92,000 of the 132,000 women there died from gas chambers, malnourishment, sickness, and other violent acts.

“O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But, do not remember all of the suffering they have inflicted upon us; Instead remember the fruits we have borne because of this suffering — our fellowship, our loyalty to one another, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown from this trouble. When our persecutors come to be judged by you, let all of these fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness.”

All my petty grievances fall away every time I read this.

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