This is the story of love that came undone.
This is the story of two men and a gun, of two men and a gun.
“A man that I’d never met stole my wife and son
But that’s been nearly three years now. And it’s over with and done
At first I’d stare out into space while hate consumed my soul. Hate was the creed by which I lived and revenge my only goal.
But the road to happiness isn’t paved with hate.
I’m glad I learned how to forgive before it was too late. Now here’s the way the other man paid for what he’d done. I heard it from the man’s own lips, who took my wife and son.
I didn’t really know this man but I’d seen him around. He’s a new guard at the factory where I work west of town. This fellow swung into step with me and said I’ve got to talk. I listened spellbound at his words as we stood on the walk.
‘You’, the guard said hoarsely, ‘are a kind man I surmise’. As he stood there with his handkerchief wiping in his eyes. ‘Three years ago I wronged a man I stole his wife and son. I didn’t realize then the terrible thing that I had done.
This thing gets hold of me at night and I can’t sleep or rest. Forgive me sir, but telling it seems to get it off my chest. When my past looms up like this it kind of helps me to unload. I’m one man sir who knows for sure that you reap just what you sow.
I sure appreciate your listening, it helps me a lot.
You know to have that man’s forgiveness I’d give everything I’ve got… Well I feel much better now. I didn’t get your name….More why, that was my wife’s name before we wed[snatching her away] It’s odd your name’s the same. You know I’d kill a man who would do to me the thing that I’ve done…’
And when the truth got through to him he handed me his gun. As I gave the weapon back I said what’s done is done. All I ask is just be kind to Jenny and my son…”
Lyrics by Jim Reeves
Beloved, yes the road to peace and happiness is not paved with hate, nor bitterness!
Forgiveness is the soothing balm for every broken heart, and the cure for every wounded soul.
Once you find it in your heart to forgive the wrong or wickedness inflicted on you, this is when healing begins….
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25-26 KJV