In his short story “The Capitol of the World,” Ernest Hemingway tells the story of a Spanish father and his teenage son. The relationship between this father and son became strained and eventually shattered. When the rebellious son, whose name was Paco, a common Spanish name, ran away from home, his father began a long and arduous search to find him. As a last resort, the exhausted father placed an ad in a Madrid newspaper, hoping that his son would see the ad and respond to it. The ad read,
Please meet me in front of the newspaper office at noon. All is forgiven.
As Hemingway tells the story, the next day at noon, in front of the newspaper office, there were 800 Pacos, all seeking forgiveness from their fathers!
Family members can often be the most difficult to forgive, especially if they feel they have done no wrong. In some instances, we need to be the ones who are asking for forgiveness even if it isn’t offered. Time heals, but more importantly, a contrite heart and willingness to forgive as well humbly receive forgiveness can restore a broken relationship. “Authentic Forgiveness” is the title of the four-week Lifetree Small Group series for the month of March. Hear four real-life, true stories that will inspire you to give and seek forgiveness and embrace true freedom. The group will not meet on March 3rd, but will resume meeting on Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to join the conversation at Crossing Community Church in Room 130. Snacks and refreshments are provided. Child care is available upon request.