Beyond Understanding

Forgiveness, Marietta Jaeger's daughter kidnapped and killed, Romans12:17-21
“Even if the kidnapper were to bring Susie back, alive and well, I could kill him with my bare hands and a smile on my face.”

This was Marietta Jaeger’s reaction when her 7-year-old daughter was abducted from their campground. But Marietta was a Christian, and as days turned into months without word of her daughter, she knew she had to forgive (Romans 12:17-21). 

What happened next is truly incredible. 

Her daughter’s kidnapper called to taunt Marietta on the 1-year anniversary of his crime. But Marrietta's kindness turned his taunts into tears. Inadvertently, he shared information that lead to his arrest. 

Even though her daughter was dead, as she had long suspected, Marietta remained forgiving toward the murderer. 

When we hear this, it sounds impossible. How can a mother forgive such a thing? 

It's beyond human strength and understanding. But that's the whole point of the Gospel. Marrietta and others like her prove we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13).

Source: The Night I forgave my Daughter's Killer 

This story has another interesting twist: Marietta asked that her daughter's murderer receive life in prison (without parole) instead of the death sentence. Because of this, he confessed to several other murders, allowing other victim's families to find closure. 

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  1. Gail...that story is a powerful witness. Thank you for sharing it. Blessings.

  2. Thank you for sharing this Gail. Sometimes a mother can forgive in ways even she can't understand because of the power of the Holy Spirit living in her.

  3. this is an amazing testament to really living out faith. Thanks you so much for sharing it.


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