I just finished reading Chasing the Devil, by Sheriff Dave Reichert (former sheriff now serving in the U.S House of Representatives).
In a very very compelling true crime novel, an investigation that spanned two decades to catch the person known as the Green River Killer. A man who targeted young prostitutes, killing them from behind, strangling them.
And to quote an excerpt of this book, a mother who lost her child to this man, who is evil, was able to say these words.
"I want to thank Mr. Ridgway for there being no trial," she said, adjusting her granny-style glasses and glancing over at the man who killed her daughter. "That would be really ahrd to take. This is enough.
"Even if you may say you're sorry, Mr. Ridgway, it would not bring back Opal. You have held us in bondage for all these years, because we have hated you and we wanted to see you die. But it's all going ot be over now, that is, providing we can forgive you.
"Gary Leon Ridgway, I forgive you, I forgive you."
The courage that it took to say those words, the Grace of the Lord being able to forgive him, and letting go had to have been so very very hard. But as I look at what that woman said, I can't help but wonder if I would have the courage to do the same thing.....
I really don't know.
I would like to think I could, but I know me, I don't forgive easily. I don't forget easily, I can't help but think I would keep taking back, and keep trying to forgive, I don't think I could say those words to someone who killed a family member of mine.
I can not imagine the pressure this man felt to try to capture this man, from not only the families but at times the press. While the man's choice of victims kept it from being escalated into fear like Ted Bundy, it didn't make each of these victims or their families any less important.
But, I can't help but wonder do you think you would be able to forgive someone, and let God judge him/her?