Strength Through Dignity (10/10/06) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Strength Through Dignity (10/10/06)

Strength Through Dignity (10/10/06)

Last week, tragedy struck the Amish people of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania when a madman brutally killed five of their children.

It's a scene that's become all too familiar. But what wasn't familiar was the uncommon dignity shown by the victims' parents.

Even though they were in unimaginable pain, no one appeared in front of the TV cameras screaming about the unfairness of it all.

They had every right to lash out at the monster who had destroyed their most precious treasures.

But they didn't waste their time or energy. Instead they called for his forgiveness.

They could have pointed fingers at the killer's family members - holding them responsible and threatening lawsuits.

But instead, they reached out to them in sympathy, understanding that they, too, were also victims of his tragic rampage.

In short, they proved their spiritual beliefs aren't just convenient platitudes, but sincere convictions that guide them through every moment of their lives - especially the ones that test even the strongest faith.

It couldn't have been easy, but when they buried their children, they also buried their hate.

I don't know if I could do that. But I certainly stand in awe and respect of these amazing people who did.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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