Thursday, August 8, 2013

Forgiveness: You Think You're Pretty Funny...

Not long after I had come to peace with my former boss, I was asked to speak at a local church. Like I do on so many occasions I decided to visit the congregation three weeks before the service.  

I arrived at the church, and took a seat in the back. I had a good view of everyone in the congregation. Five rows in front of me I noticed my former boss and his wife. I was surprised. I did not know they attended that church.

At the end of the service, the pastor asked everyone in the congregation to come to the altar, so she could pray for us. As I exited the pew and made my way down the aisle, my former boss and his wife did the same, and I ended up walking right behind them.

As I stood at the altar, the pastor said a few words but what happened next was so surreal. She asked the congregation to hold hands with the person standing next to you. Somehow my former boss and I were standing side-by-side. He looked at me and I looked at him (another one of those freeze-framed moments). We held hands. It was at that moment that I looked up (to God) with a wry smile and whispered, "You think you're pretty funny, don't you?"

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