I think all of us can relate to seeing way too much horrible news on, well, the news. But
God is also busy popping through it all over the place, if you look hard enough. This story touched me because not only did the grandson of a murdered Sunday school Bible teacher forgive his grandmother’s murderer, he corresponded with and encouraged her through her imprisonment, worked for her early release, and is now planning on helping her rehabilitate into society after her release from death row.
I didn’t live 2000 years ago, but I think I just glimpsed Jesus.
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” (Luke 6:27-35, ESV)