Forgiveness is a virtue that sets us free from bitterness taking root in our hearts. But how many of us can actually choose to forgive the unthinkable?
Could you forgive a demon who walked the Earth? Marie Wren believes she is struggling to do just that.
After over a year of working towards justice for the death of her two sons, Marie Wren could not keep it together. She had to be restrained by court officials when she attempted to attack the alleged killer of her two boys.
But who could really blame her? What would you do, faced with the murderer of your children?
Wren stared at Brice Rhodes, a man whose face she described as demonic, and the unthinkable happened.
He laughed at her. In the court of law where he was on trial for ripping Wren’s two sons away from her, he laughed.
Brice Rhodes is the last of four to stand trial for the murder of Maurice Gordon and Larry Ordway.
The other three have taken plea deals. Brice Rhodes has pleaded not guilty to the charges levied against him.
The bodies of the two boys, aged 16 and 14, were found burned and abandoned in an empty house in 2016. They apparently witnessed a murder of another young man, and Rhodes allegedly killed them to make sure they wouldn’t talk about it.
Wren, speaking out about the incident, said, “Ain’t nobody goin’ sit in court, and hold their composure, and have a demon turn around and laugh about them killing their kids.”
Wren wrestles with forgiving those who tore apart her family so viciously, and spoke about the anger that tempts her.
Wren further commented, “Every Sunday you go to church and you try to forgive. The anger still builds up in your soul.” This is a perfect description of the human condition when dealing with tragedy.
She’s not the only person who’s had to deal with the onslaught of emotions resulting from a vicious attack.
Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector knows quite a bit about forgiveness. She was beaten up by two young men, who ended up benefiting from her kindhearted response.
Perhaps that anger will abate when the last man who is accused of killing her two sons is brought to justice. But again, perhaps not.
It seems that Wren knows the forgiveness must come from inside her. It cannot come from an interaction with the demon who laughs in her face.
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