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Alleviating Inner Turmoil: Columbine Mom Encourages Forgiveness

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In her recent interview on Bring It Up with Deb & Cindy, Beth Nimmo shared briefly about the film I’m Not Ashamed (released on October 21st), which chronicles her journey of forgiveness after her daughter Rachel Scott was one of those killed in the tragic Columbine shootings in 1999.

There can be no other kind of grief as that suffered by a parent who has lost a beloved child. We can be certain that Beth would have never chosen this for her daughter or for herself, but what she did choose was to forgive. There are few things we can truly control in this life, but one of the most potent choices we ever make is to hold on to an offense or to choose to forgive the person who caused it.

It makes no sense, just check in with your heart. Forgive? Ludicrous! What was done has caused pain and the person who caused it should suffer likewise, right? But those of us who have been forgiven much know better. As Alexander Pope said, “To err is human, to forgive is divine.”   And so it is.

As Beth Nimmo pointed out, there stands a fallacy in unforgiveness that goes something like this: if we forgive then we are saying what was done to us is ok and excusable. But the truth is far more injurious to us. Beth put it this way: when we don’t forgive, we are ultimately choosing to stay attached and weighted down with the one who hurt us and the scenario which was so painful. It could be worth the inspection throughout our lives to glance over our shoulders to see just how many unforgiven people are being towed behind us?

What benefit did Beth Nimmo find in forgiving her daughter’s shooter? She said, “(choosing to forgive) gives you the power to step away.”

Is there any pain that has been caused by someone in your life from which you’d like to step away? Move in the way of forgiveness. You may very well find that as you let your offender and enemies go, that you are the one who flies out of the cage.

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25

To hear Beth’s powerful interview, click on the radio page and listen to the October 23rd show of Bring It Up! with Deb & Cindy.

 

 

 

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