By Kelleigh Nelson
December 4, 2010
Recently we watched a wonderful movie entitled, “Amish Grace.” It is based on the true story of the shootings of Amish school children in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania in October, of 2006. Five of the children were killed and five others injured. The movie is an amazing depiction of grace and forgiveness, but also shows the struggle of real people in the valley of great loss. It shows the bitterness that is held if there is no forgiveness. It is a family movie and one I’d especially suggest at Christmas time. I cried through the entire story. I totally understood the anger, hatred, and devastation felt by those who lost children. Yet, in the end of the movie, the Amish community surrounds the wife and children of the man who murdered and injured their children. And they all forgave.
Corrie Ten Boom
Many years ago I heard Corrie ten Boom tell the story of something that happened to her regarding forgiveness. If you don’t know who Corrie (Cornelia) Ten Boom was, she was a Dutch Christian Holocaust survivor who helped many Jews escape the Nazis during WWII. During the Second World War, the Ten Boom house was known as the “hiding place” for fugitives, Jewish people, students who refused to cooperate with the Nazis, and resistance fighters. The Ten Boom family saved 800 of these people. The Gestapo set a trap and caught them and the only survivor after the war was Corrie. Her sister Betsie died in Ravensbruck concentration camp.