A few years ago in Manchester Cathedral, I listened to Glen fielder tell his story. He had been signed up to play football at Leighton Orient with David Beckham; and he had an exciting life to look forwards too.
Shortly after, he was stabbed in the back and beaten unconscious. He told his story from a wheel chair, the attack had left him paralysed from the waist down for the last 27 years. They sent his assailant to prison for 4 years, and then he was able to walk out of prison on his own two feet.
Glen stalked his attacker in his adapted car, with the intention of running him down, so justice would be done. An opportunity came for him to drive into his attacker, but something inside stopped him from running him down.
Glen said that for the last 27 years he has been fighting two diseases, one being paralysed, and the greater disease was the hatred for his attacker; his wheelchair was a daily reminder. He said that true justice could never happen, because true justice is not an eye for an eye, rather it is that neither person should lose their eye.
He talked about his journey of forgiving his attacker, and he now tours the country talking about forgiveness.
I was able to talk with Glen after, I told him about my experience of helping the people who sacked me. Glen seemed to recognise the healing power of helping your enemy. My story is nothing compared to Glens’.
After the talk, Graham Kendrick led the worship, he sang the ‘Peace’, taking from the words of Numbers 6 - 24
24 The LORD bless you and keep you!
25 The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
26 The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!*
As we sang, we were asked to think of the people we know and loved. Then he asked us to picture the people we needed to forgive, and to keep their names on our hearts as we sang the same verse several more times. Looking around, there were many tearful faces.
Below is a link to hear the ‘Peace’ very powerful.