My heart breaks for your family, your congregation and for everyone reeling from the revelations of this past week. I physically ache, as I remember being in such a horribly shameful and painful place many years ago.
I've been all over the board about him. My emotions have ranged from anger to apathy to compassion. He's equal parts rational, cold and notorious. He's the Prodigal Son's older brother.
From childhood, I have been in settings – mainly in church – where the Lord's Prayer was recited. Some of you know it as the "Our Father" prayer. Others call this the "Jesus' Model Prayer."
Forgiveness was God's greatest desire and Christ's greatest accomplishment. The central message of the Christian faith is the relationship we enjoy with God through Christ made possible through that forgiveness made possible.