September 13, 2008

What Must Befall Thee - Denver Moore

One of the questions that was posed to Denver Moore at the Q&A on Tuesday was regarding forgiveness. Denver grew up as a sharecropper. Through his life he was treated inhumanely in so many ways. One of the hardest parts to read in the book is when Denver was a teenager and was walking along side the road. A white woman needed help along side the road with her car. Reluctantly Denver helped her, not because he didn't want to help, but because it was safer to just keep his distance. A group of white boys rode up on their horses after Denver had changed her tire and they let him have it for bothering the nice lady. Beat within an inch of his life that day. With the woman who had asked for his help standing along side the road not saying anything. This is just one of the wrongs that befell Denver. So what does Denver have to say about forgiveness? You Forgive. He is a man of few words, so you can imagine he didn't expound alot on his answer, but he said we all need forgiveness, so we have to forgive others.

Another quote of Denver Moore, "What must befall thee, must befall thee." Denver knows that without the past that he led, the unfairness that was laid upon him, he would not be the man he is today. What we go through in our past plays a huge part in our character. We certainly do not have to let our past define us, but as scripture says, God can bring goodness out of everything. My greatest hero's are not the people that are on the front pages of magazines, my greatest hero's are those who have overcome, overcome abuse, overcome oppression, overcome disability, overcome their circumstances. That is why I love Denver's story so much is because he chose to follow the path God put before him. There were two roads he could have followed, the life that was comfortable for him which was of violence and loneliness, or walk a new path that would transform that anger to holiness and righteousness.