Anyone who followed Oscar Pistorius' miraculous athletic career has been shocked by the horrific turn his life has taken. To see the double amputee compete in the Olympics, then sit on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is just ... unbelievable. The court case has been horrific and jaw-dropping to say the least. One witness broke down in tears recalling the sound of frantic screams and gunfire. But more shocking than the evidence and testimony is what Steenkamp's mother June just announced.
In an interview on Today, she said that she is ready to forgive him for what he has done to her daughter:
It’s actually important to forgive him, for me. Because I don’t want to live with bitterness in my life. We just want the truth. We want the truth of what happened.
Forgiveness. It's a powerful thing but doesn't come easy in circumstances like this. Forgiving someone who killed your child is an almost impossible concept for many, if not most, parents. It would be especially difficult after hearing what your child's (alleged) last anguished moments were like before she died. But all this woman wants is to know is exactly what happened the night he shot her daughter four times. For his part, Pistorius insists that the shooting death was an accident. He claims that he mistook her for an intruder.
Though, it seems, this heartbroken mother isn't buying that. She wants the former track star to come clean so that they both can move forward.
Losing a child is certainly one of the worst things a parent can endure. I imagine actually forgiving your child's killer would be just as difficult -- regardless of the reason. However, June Steenkamp isn't alone. There have been countless stories of parents who forgive the people who commit the most heinous crimes. How do you get to that point? Is it bravery? Is it desperation for closure? Anger and resentment can eat away at you, cause untold problems emotionally and physically. Still, forgiveness is a gift most cannot imagine ever giving in a situation like this.
Watch June Steenkamp's amazing interview:
Would you be able to do what this mother is willing to do?
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