JOHN M. DERBY
December 22, 2016
at the table next to ours, in a little restaurant 500 miles
south of the Mexican border, were a couple from Sacramento
who had just left their 47-foot ketch moored in Escondido
Bay. They had been living on their boat since retirement.
Escondido Bay was well known to us and most sailors in Mexico
because it is one of the best storm holes in the Sea of
Cortez. They told us that their boat had been through four
major hurricanes without suffering much damage.
had a lot in common so the conversation was lively and very
pleasant until the subject of politics came up and it was
apparent that we had voted differently in the recent election.
assured them that we were voting for “Change”
not necessarily one party or the other. This did not satisfy
them and the conversation sudenly went very cold.
we travel we have noticed the great divide among many of
the people we meet. The divide is so big that in some cases
it borders on “hate.”
have always felt the one thing that our country could do
is to accept the principal that different people have different
beliefs, and while these beliefs are not by others, they
can be accepted as long as they don’t interfere in
the rights of others.
our ancestors were Irish we know all to well what can happen
when a country is divided within itself.
Middle East has been made up by countries who are divided
by religious sects or nationality, and look at what intolerance
seems that at Christmas time, when our thoughts are about
Christ and what he gave to the world, which was so special,
we feel the great gift that he gave was “Forgiveness”.
as he suffered while on the cross he turned to God and said,
“Forgive them for they know not what they do.”
one need not be Christian to understand that as long as
there is no forgiveness, then we are destined to a world
of war and terrorism.
daily we receive reports of killing of innocent victims
in the United States so when they happen, we are not surprised;
however, when the family of the victim says, “We want
no revenge for what has been done to our loved one,”
then this is the story of forgiveness, the story that needs
to be told.
is the GIFT we need to share.