Pause + Pray

The Hardest to Forgive

prisoner hands


Bryan Stevenson, an African-American, Harvard-trained attorney whose story of defending wrongfully accused prisoners on death row is told in the book and film, “Just Mercy” writes: “The people who haven’t earned it, who haven’t even sought it, are the most meaningful recipients of our compassion… “


God, who gives us models
Of compassion like Bryan Stevenson,
Guide us to see we’re all better 
Than the worst thing we’ve done.


Read the Gospel account of Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life. (John 11: 1-44 ) Notices how he practices compassion: first aligning himself with God, even though that delays his arrival, then giving each sister exactly what she needs: tears for Mary, hope of resurrection for Martha.

Kathy Coffey

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