Ohio School Shooting Victim’s Mom Forgives Gunman, Christian News

Grab some Kleenex and click the link above. What an incredible testimony! One which could only be born out of genuine faith and a rich understanding of God’s grace! Doesn’t this make the Gospel look glorious and Jesus look beautiful? In the midst of suffering, here is hope…here is joy…here is peace. All coming from trusting a sovereign God who is worthy of our surrender and praise, One who is always working all things together for His own glory and our eternal good!

Let me share some biblical situations that remind me of this woman’s heart and witness:

  • Joseph, after being sold into slavery by his own brothers and then being wrongly incarcerated for 12-13 years, said to his siblings, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20). 
  • Peter, who was to deny Jesus in cowardly fear, was told by the Master who eventually restored him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me” (John 21:18-19).
  • Paul and Silas’ compassion on the jailer who had shackled them in Philippi: “When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family” (Acts 16:27-33).
  • Paul, who was beaten, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and eventually martyred for his missionary zeal and faithfulness to his Gospel calling, ministered to the very guards who would eventually lead him to his death: “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear” (Philippians 1:12-14).
  • And, of course, sinless Christ, bearing the awful weight and burden of our sins, scourged and crucified, looked at the henchmen who had just mocked him and pounded nails through his hands and feet, lovingly said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments” (Luke 23:34). 

All of this begs some seriously reflective questions. Would we react as this grieving mother has so graciously done? Would we image forth the beauty of Jesus and His Gospel with such a powerful and profound proclamation of our faith? Would we “turn the other cheek” and “love and pray for those who persecute us and spitefully use us?” 

I pray this is the case. For as tragic as this situation may seem, this woman’s grace-filled testimony trumpets all that is great about the Savior we follow and serve. The One who died that we might live such mercy-filled lives. The One who can utterly save the shooter and all who have been touched by this senseless act…and even those who haven’t been.

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