Could you respond this way?–abc-news.html

I just read the story of the school shooting in Ohio. Unfortunately, it is a story we have heard too frequently in recent years. It is tragic and every parents worst nightmare. It once again gets us thinking, could this happen in my town or at my children’s school. We all hope not. But the truth is, it could happen anywhere. From rural to city schools, all have been impacted by this plight. Even a small Amish school in Pennsylvania was struck by such tragedy and their story is chronicled in the movie “Amish Grace.”

When I read the news, I was most impressed by the statement by the parents that they would forgive the shooter. Having lost a love one in terrorism, I felt empathy for them in their time of loss. But when I heard them say, not a day afterwards, that they forgave the shooter, I felt a sense of pride, even comradeship. I wanted to say welcome to the club of those who choose to follow God and His word and forgive even when it is difficult.

I want to commend them for choosing to take the road less traveled. And by exemplifying these famous words by M. Scott Peck:
“The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.”

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