In a emotion-free, ideal world with no hurts no disparities - where justice and fairness abound -forgiveness is powerful. Forgiveness is healing. And the easy choice when you are untouched by the pain. But in the face of tragedy, that is when forgiveness is the most amazing. That is when we stand back and awe at a person's courage and maturity. Of course, I say this as I sit safely, untouched by the situation.
But you know who I have pity for right now? You know who, in my protected, easy world - I just wanna hug and encourage? Please put the stones away, Madoff.
There is something about seeing this man in his brokenness that makes my spirit lurch. Something about loosing all hope of freedom. Of seeing it all over. Of protecting your family from the fate they deserve. Of carrying all those burdens - that makes me wanna call him him up and chat.
Now saying all that, if I were on that jury, I'm afraid I wouldn't have much of a choice. But justice doesn't mean a void of compassion
And while I sit here typing this with my ROTH fully funded and my 401k matched, I want him to know I forgive him. I would want him to hear that while most will not see the value of his life because of this shadow he has cast upon it - to know there was value, and still is, and he still made a positive difference.