"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
Canon Andrew White is a peacemaker who has saved hundreds of individuals and communities through reconciliation. Before he left to serve in Baghdad in 2005, Andrew was director of the International Centre for Reconciliation in Coventry, England--the center of a network of over 250 "Cross of Nails" centers, which serve the cause of reconciliation around the world.
Father Forgive is structured around the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation, which was written following the bombing of Coventry's medieval cathedral during World War II. The litany's main theme, which is inscribed behind the altar of the ruined building, is "Father Forgive." Accompanying the litany are reflections written from Andrew's experience.
Appropriate for personal reflection or as a tool to launch a strategic prayer initiative for reconciliation around the world, Father Forgive is packed with unique insights and profound personal experience.