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This was one of the first things I read when looked at my Twitter stream this morning.
Being asked that question, first thing on a Monday morning, so bluntly, really made me think.
His following tweets read:
And then the next thing I saw was a link to the following article. It circulated the Twittersphere and news programs throughout the rest of the day.
BLINDED IRANIAN ACID VICTIM PARDONS HER ATTACKER
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian woman who was blinded by a suitor who threw acid on her face has pardoned her attacker at the last minute, sparing him from being blinded by acid as retribution.
Iranian state television broadcast footage Sunday of Ameneh Bahrami in the operating room with her attacker, Majid Mohavedi, who was on his knees waiting for her to drop acid in his eyes as punishment.
Bahrami said she has forgiven Mohavedi and pardoned him. State TV showed Mohavedi weeping and saying Bahrami was “very generous.”
Mohavedi poured acid on Bahrami’s face and blinded her in 2004 for rejecting his marriage proposal.
A 2008 Iranian court order allowed Bahrami to pour the corrosive chemical in Mohavedi eyes as retribution.
Source: (Via the Associated Press and Yahoo News)
The people involved in the two events above had their world changed forever many years ago when someone acted upon them out of revenge, bitterness, anger, hatred, numbness, and ignorance.
However, those on the receiving end chose to forgive. It may not have been at the time, but they forgave in time. And the forgiveness that these people bestowed really challenged me.
Although Bahrami originally wanted to carry out the retribution, if she had have gone through with it, it wouldn’t have made waves in the media. Why? Because it’s a common act of law in Iran; it’s something that’s always happening.
But because she chose to forgive and show grace, people took notice.
For those who are aware of the horrendous atrocities that are going on in Rwanda, forgiving those that caused them and their nation so much pain and terror is a big step forward.
It’s also a glimmer of hope of what’s to come because people are beginning to choose to show grace, forgive, and unite.
Thought: Never underestimate what (your) forgiveness can do.