There’s No Room For Revenge In Love

We always learn so much during our travels to the Arab world. This time during our trip to Lebanon, a good friend of ours brought us a cross made from nails and told us a very powerful story:

On November 14th, 1940 operation “Moonlight Sonata” was underway. This was a strategic operation that led to the sacrifice of a community and a historic church facility. The beautiful Cathedral that was once central to the worship of most who lived in the area was gone.

During a BBC radio broadcast on Christmas from the cathedral ruins the leader of the community declared that when the war was over we would all work with those who had been enemies ‘to build a kinder, more Christ-like world.”. They later recovered a few mideival era roof nails and forged them into the shape of a cross. And inscribed on a wall nearby was the simple words, “Father Forgive”. Many began to point out that they had forgotten to include the word “them”. Their leader simply responded by saying simply that we all need forgiveness.

Years later an organization was formed by the name Community Of The Cross of Nails. Today it exists as a network of over 200 churches and organization in 45 countries, all drawn together by the story of the Coventry Cathedral, and sharing a common commitment to work and pray for peace, justice, and reconciliation.

In recent years, the community made its way to Iraq. Which brings us to how we received our cross of nails. An Iraqi refugee made his way to Lebanon after fleeing for his life from ISIS in 2013. He quickly began making these crosses by hand as a symbol and a reminder of reconciliation. He brought the story of the cross of nails to our friend and our friend brought the story to us.

Like I said, it’s a powerful story and a good reminder to us all.

How can you love boldly when you face tragedy or adversity? Could you forgive someone who took everything from you? It doesn’t matter how deep our anger or unforgivness runs. We all need forgiveness; everyone of us. It doesn’t matter how hard the process is or how long it takes.

This is what loving boldly looks like.

Marion Clifton