PHILADELPHIA - An Amish community that lost five girls in a Pennsylvania schoolhouse shooting massacre last year has donated money to the widow of the gunman, the community said Wednesday. The Nickel Mines Accountability Committee, which was set up to handle more than $4.3 million in donations from around the world after the shootings, said it had given an unspecified "contribution" to Marie Roberts, a mother of three.
"Forgive our debt as we forvive our debtors"....Oh really???
It is one thing to pray these beautiful words but, I dare say, most of us would shudder at even the possibility of putting them into practice, particularly under these dire circumstances.
Tragedy and pain brought out the sympathy and generosity of many around the world towards the obvious victims, this in itself is admirable! Yet to see the Amish community, so horribly affected by the murder of their children, reach out to this family is inspiring. The grace to look beyond their pain allowed them to see hurt in places many would have not wanted to look...
Violence and evil have more victims than we initially see and, in choosing to reach out even to those connected to the perpetrator, there is a healing and blessing that speaks louder than any sermon....! It takes words out of the pages of our religious books and out of the realm of speculation and prayer into a practical reality....