What is Hell? I maintain that it is the inability to love. For that, one doesn’t need an eternity. A day will do, or even a moment.
The capacity of forgiveness and strength in the family of slain teenager Demetrius Hewlin apparently knows no bounds. T.J. Lane , 17, admitted taking a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to Chardon High in Ohio and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table Monday morning. Three students died as a result.
As a father, I couldn’t even fathom what the Hewlin family is going through, and I certainly do not know if I would be able to forgive the boy who shot and killed my child. We are talking about victims who won’t even be able to go to prom, walk across the stage for their diploma, or shape their life after high school.
Love, however, is a powerful thing.
“I taught Demetrius not to live in the past, to live in today and forgiveness is divine. You have to forgive everything. God’s grace is new each and every day,” Demetrius’s mother stated. “Until you’ve walked in another person’s shoes, you don’t know what made him come to this point.”
CNN reported that the shooter “chose his victims at random.”
According to the StarTribune, “Lane did not attend Chardon High but waited there for the bus to Lake Academy, a school for students with academic or behavioral problems. Authorities would not say how and why he ended up at Lake Academy. Fifteen-year-old Danny Komertz, who witnessed the shooting, said it appeared that the gunman singled out a group of students sitting together. He said Lane was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied.”
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in this tragic event.