I was reading of the expressions of forgiveness from Emanuel AME Church, some from family members of the deceased. Were I in their place, I know that my response “should” be to forgive. How long would it take me to get there?
Growing up, one of my family members tended to harbor resentments. I cannot say I completely escaped or erased that tape from my brain. My instinct is to forgive, but also to mull over a wrong. It is one thing to say, “I forgive,” and another to live as though one means it.
Even so, I applaud the outward expressions of forgiveness. They won’t reach the mind and probably not the ears of the assassin. But they will reach the ears of others. And give many of us cause to reflect. Perhaps a premature act of forgiveness really sets the soul on the road to peace, and relationships on the path toward reconciliation.