This prayer was on the back of our Sunday newsletter. A really beautiful prayer, however it has made me think.
In suffering, most people reach out to God and without doubt God would offer his grace in abundance to those condemned to death in a concentration camp. However, could the fruits borne out of such suffering, with God’s grace, be used to forgive the evil and sin of those implementing the suffering?
I could envisage God offering his grace to enable such people to repent, before dying, of their crimes, however could they be saved from their actions through the ‘fruits borne from suffering’ by their victims? I can also see that the prayer was written with total forgiveness of heart and no doubt whoever wrote it went straight to heaven, but still cannot see how the fruits of such suffering would enable those causing the suffering to obtain forgiveness on judgement day. (I hope this gets my point across).
Concentration Camp Letter
*O Lord, remember not only the men and woman 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.
(Found in the clothing of a dead child at Ravensbruck concentration camp.)*