A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program in Chicago.
This week Reflect again draws from our archives to feature a program with pastor and author, the Rev. Dr. John Killinger, who made 20 appearances on 30 Good Minutes between 1989 and 2010. This program, titled “What I Have Learned About Life and Faith,” originally aired in October 2003.
John Killinger has been pastor of seven churches, a teacher at seven colleges and is the author of seventy books and counting. John says he’s interested in almost everything, which explains the volume of his output. But he considers himself, above all, a storyteller. He says what’s on his mind about theology, or politics, or spirituality, which sometimes gets him in trouble, but he loves God and life and people, and sums up all of Christian theology in a single word: love.
This archived 30 Good Minutes program first aired in February 2004.
Reflection on Forgiveness by Rabbi Karyn Kedar
Life is so difficult sometimes. So much anger, so much hurt, so much to let go of. Have you ever found yourself shaking your fist at the heavens saying, “What was that about?” Not understanding how to forgive and let go? It reminds me of a story that we read in the Bible of two brothers, Jacob and Esau, who were always fighting with one another, always at odds. As they grew older they had to separate. Well, Jacob was with his great wives and his sons, and he heard that his brother, Esau, was coming. He had four hundred men with him and he was very afraid. He agreed to see his brother, but first he sat by a riverbank late at night.
Suddenly, as he was waiting to cross over, a stranger came, or was it an angel, and started to fight with him and struggle back and forth and back and forth. Jacob said, “Who are you? Tell me who you are.” And the stranger, or maybe the angel, said nothing. The two of them continued to struggle back and forth. Jacob was wounded and hurt the back of his leg because sometimes when you struggle with God it hurts. Finally the sun started to rise and the stranger wanted to go. But Jacob said, “Please, before you leave, tell me who you are.” And the stranger, or maybe it was an angel, said, “I won’t tell you who I am, but I’ll tell you who you are. You are no longer Jacob but now you are Israel, one who struggles with God.” Jacob rose, crossed over the river and saw his brother, Esau. But instead of seeing his enemy, he saw his brother for who he was. The two brothers hugged and embraced. Jacob said, “When I look upon your face it is as if I have seen the face of God.”