“We Must Forgive”- Nickel Mines, PA

Written by on October 2, 2006 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

A reporter asked a young Amish boy what the adults told him the afternoon of the shooting in the one room Amish school house in PA. That was his reply.

There’s no doubt that in the midst of the pain and grief, the Amish will be the first to extend comfort and condolences to the gunman’s family.

There is a tremendous sense of loss as a community that separates itself from the world, finds that world infringing upon them in the most evil of ways, and there is a sense of awe as I realize that these murders will not kill the essence of who the Amish are.

I don’t know that I would be ready to do that, to forgive, but I do know that that is the ideal the Amish hold and if they can, then how can I do less, but to hold that ideal for myself?

Perhaps I will have to travel a longer journey to arrive at forgiveness’ door, but tonight the Amish faith convicts me to hold to that commitment, no matter how long it takes.

I hold the children in my prayers. I hold every hurting soul in my prayers. I hold a society that feeds off of violence and does not understand when violence erupts in my prayers. And I ask that we, as a people, will be jolted out of complacency and be moved to assess and act to implement changes of significance, so that those little girls in Nickel Mines, PA will not have died in vain.


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About the Author: Greetings, fellow dreamer, and welcome! I’m Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist. Some of my creative projects are a CD of healing music, “For the Sake of Love” and a children’s book on the interconnectedness of life, “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” published by Illumination Arts. Currently, I’m in the process of creating podcasts for my book series on covert abuse. My commitment is to the creative process especially as it relates to the healing journey. Whether I’m singing at a vigil for asylum seekers, memorial for political activists or sitting around a table sharing tea and conversation with friends who just want to talk heart to heart, I am always deeply moved by the human spirit to love and live with authentic beauty. Thank you for being here, for reading my posts and/or listening to my podcast. There’s much to share, much to create and the journey has just begun! Meet you on the path. .


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