Forgiveness: A Legacy of the West Nickel Mines Amish School

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This sensitive and thoughtful meditation on the horrific events of October 2, 2006, reflects on the response of the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where a gunman killed himself, five school children, and wounded five others. The tragic crime evoked expressions of shock and sympathy worldwide. But even many Christians were stunned when the Amish community, in the midst of its grieving, offered words of forgiveness toward the dead killer and his family. John L. Ruth considers that extraordinary forgiveness as the legacy of that heartbreaking day.

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John L. Ruth is a Mennonite minister, author, and film-maker. He directed the award-winning PBS documentary, The Amish: A People of Preservation. A former college English professor, Ruth has also written on the life and heritage of Anabaptist communities in books such as The Earth Is the Lord's, 'Twas Seeing Time, and Maintaining the Right Fellowship.

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It is unspeakably hard for any community to lose its children. Although the Amish have shown an extra quotient of forgiveness, their parental tears are as salty as anyone's. Six months after the lose of two daughters, an Amish farmer could sometimes barely bring himself out to his fields. But his people hear a gracious command When you stand praying, forgive,--and a stern warning. If you don't, your heavenly Father will not forgive you. This duality is at the heart of the gospel that has shaped their attitudes. --John L Ruth in Author's Note

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