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On November 14 1940 the city of Coventry was devastated by a German bombing raid that lasted over 10 hours and left over two-thirds of its buildings destroyed or damaged. Among the ravaged buildings was the Cathedral of St. Michael which had stood in the city since the late 14th Centuary. Only its tower, spire, outer wall and the tomb of its first Bishop remained.
In the wake of the bombing, Cathedral Provost V. Revd. Dick Howard said “ The Cathedral will rise again and it will be a great pride to future generations as it has been to past generations”.
The shell of the mediaeval Cathedral and its spire remain today as a garden of remembrance. Many people reading this will probably have visited this Cathedral and will be aware of the two wooden beams found in the rubble that now sit on the altar to form a charred cross and the words ’FATHER FORGIVE’ inscribed on the wall behind the altar.
I personally found this one of the most moving things I have seen along with the whole ethic of the Cathedral being given over to ’peace and reconciliation’
These words speak volumes to the thousands of visitors that come from all over the world. The message for all is “FATHER FORGIVE”.
Luke 6 : 37
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked “ Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me , up to seven times?
Jesus answered “ I tell you not seven but seventy times seven”
A prayer for forgiveness is something we all seek at some point in life. Forgiveness is a valuable gift that is neither easily obtained nor easily given.
Forgiveness is essential for life. It frees us from past wrongs and gives us hope for the future . It is for forgiveness sake that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for mankind.
Hate is infectious and can consume us and the people around us .
Forgiveness is also infectious but can set us free , free to live the kind of life that Christ would have us live , that is , life in all its fullness.
Every week we pray these words,
“Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive the wrongs that others do to us” . Let us pray that we may find it in our hearts to sincerely forgive others , remembering that on the cross ,Jesus said
“ FATHER FORGIVE”
Blessings to all