Posted by Janneke in Grace Stories, Trauma-Healing, War's Family
on Jul 6th, 2011 | 0 comments
I have experienced forgiving others, with God’s grace.
What makes forgiving others possible, for me, is to know that to forgive is an extension of ALL that has been given to me. That doesn’t mean that I am good about either apologizing or forgiving.
Forgiveness, from either side of the equation, is so hard, and so necessary.
Forgiveness is a freedom we all deserve. No matter how great the crime against humanity, I read over and over that to not forgive holds the victim hostage, not the captor.
Hubert Moes’s story of finally, as a Dutch-American survivor of Japanese concentration...
Posted by Janneke in Grace Stories, Thirty Days of Light, Trauma-Healing
on Mar 12th, 2011 | 1 comment
Japan for me today, sorrow about the severe quake. Here is only one photo of wreckage, and nearby, we hope, are those who are being found and rescued.
Japan through the years for my father and family — some of my family are survivors of Japanese concentration camps which imprisoned Europeans in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) during World War II. Many died, many were never the same after surviving.
My parents were friends with a Japanese family in our first American home, Provo, Utah. Generations later I know this family may have been re-located there, into Japanese-American internment...