Amazing Grace - The Connecticut Shooting
Devastated father offers forgiveness to killer's family
Robbie Parker, 30, said he was praying for victims' families, as well as the family of the shooter, as he spoke of his daughter Emilie in an incredibly emotional address Saturday evening.
He lost his daughter Emilie in yesterday's grade school
massacre the claimed the lives of 19 other children. He nonetheless offered
forgiveness to the shooter, saying his love went out to them as
“I’d like to offer our deepest condolences to all the families who were directly affected. It’s a horrific tragedy, and our hearts go out to them.
In a remarkable turn of grace, Mr Parker also said that he offered condolences to the family of the shooter, Adam Lanza. “This includes the family of the shooter, and I want you to know that our love and support go out to you as well.” Speaking live on CNN Saturday evening, Mr Parker, 30, was barely maintaining his composure as he spoke of his slain daughter, saying that he was ‘so blessed’ to be her dad.
The father then began to tearfully speak of his blonde-haired, blue-eyed daughter. “‘My daughter Emilie would be one of the first ones giving her love and support to all of the victims, because that’s the kind of person she is,’ he said, pausing a moment to take a steadying breath.
Very few people would have the heart or courage to forgive someone who killed their child but this man, despite being totally heartbroken, said no harsh words to Adam Lanza but spoke only of love and forgiveness.
Matthew 6:14-15 - For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Mark 11:25 - And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. "