Members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina have amazed me with their gracious forgiveness. Many family members of those killed at the church last week appeared in court to face the gunman and communicated two important statements. They told the gunman of their pain from his murdering of their loved ones and they told him that, as Christians, they would forgive him. What powerful witnesses! If they can forgive when anyone would understand if they did not forgive, I ought to let go of my hurts to forgive those I have such trouble forgiving.
The rioters in Ferguson, Missouri could learn a lesson from the fine people of Charleston, South Carolina, who practice what they preach. Bless their broken hearts!