One of my very favorite musicals is Les Miserables. I love it for the story and the teachings that it provides. I have seen the movie, the musical and read the book. It is an amazing story of mistakes, judgments and forgiveness. This is a line from one of my favorite songs in the musical. It is sang at the finale with so much compassion and love. This is the story of a man who steals to feed his sisters children, who is given 20 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. Who escapes and starts a new life when a priest changes the life he was living and gives him the chance to be an honest man.
For me, it is a story about life and the mistakes we all make, and the judgments we all pass on others without knowing their story. Sometimes we become so involved in justice, there is no room for mercy. I believe that mercy doesn't take the place of justice, when we act, we are also choosing our consequences and sometimes those are most grievous to bear. But I also believe that true change can take place in anyone of us and that our past should not hold us back from the possibilities of the future.
There is not a single one of us that hasn't made mistakes, and if we could only see others as God sees them, I think we would behold all the difference.