Forgiveness: Light after Darkness
Is it possible for a person to forgive than rather act out against the offender or after a heinous act/crime? The support of one person can lead to a group of people who can support you in times of mental and even physical healing. Rather than take revenge or look for a way out to deal with the pain, there are those who are always willing to be a helping hand or someone to just listen. Even within the darkest of hours, there is a way towards forgiveness which will lead to the healing of a person’s soul and mind.
The possibility to forgiveness is a tough journey, especially when you have lost a loved one/s to criminals who were once neighbors and friends at one point of time. In the book, “As We Forgive,” there are stories of unimaginable horror which took place in Rwanda of 1994. The Tutsi people were being eradicated, by their fellow kin, the Hutu. Survivors of this tragic horror such as Devota and Claude understand all too well the loss of loved ones due to unspeakable betrayal from their friends and neighbors. These two survivors I have mentioned have struggled with forgiveness, to find some sort of peace and to move on with their lives.
For Devota, I found her story to be unforgettable and disturbing. Devota was hunted down along with her daughter Claudina and watched as her daughter was being hacked to death, also losing her son later on as she attempted to recover from her own serious wounds. After an ordeal such as this one can question themselves as to why one would forgive those who committed such an unforgivable crime. I would find it unimaginable to find some form of peace to where forgiveness is even optional. With all the struggle and grief Devota found her peace and was able to forgive those who done her wrong “A deep healing took place in my heart that day because of the humility of one person who chose to identify with the sins of her people against my people,” (Larson 176). It only took one person’s kind...