Wednesday, October 11, 2006

To Love As Jesus...

Had 32-year-old Charles Roberts known of the outpouring of love and care that would shown by the very people on which he was about to deal a crushing blow of hurt, would he have chosen not to attack?

An impossible question of course, but certainly a word in favor of knowing your neighbors better. The young man who "snapped," taking out his years of self-torture on some the innocent young girls who lived nearby, was described as a quiet "milkman," who apparently had no problem with his Amish neighbors, but just chose them as his victims.

At the funerals for the slain girls, the Amish families reached out to the killer's widow, and her children, even making the decision to help them financially. And on Saturday, dozens of them attended another funeral, this time of the killer himself, buried behind a small Methodist church, just a few miles from the schoolhouse he'd terrorized. Robert's wife, Marie, was very "deeply moved" by the outpouring of love on her behalf.

Bruce Porter, a fire department chaplain, who was at the funeral was also affected by their presence there. "It's the love, the forgiveness, the heartfelt forgiveness they have toward the family. I broke down and cried seeing it displayed," he said.

And there it is, speaking even louder than words, flying in the face of hatred and revenge . . . love. The Bible says there are three things that will abide; faith, hope and love, the greatest of these is love, and it is what will never fail. Thank you, to the Amish community, for reminding us
AP, Christian Post


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