After my son Jesse died at Sandy Hook Elementary School a year ago, I did what my heart told me to do. Photo courtesy of Scarlett Lewis
I learned a lesson in Bible school that has stayed with me. Matthew asked Jesus how many times he should forgive, and Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but 77 times." I've tried to live by that-I have forgiven a lot in my life. In fact, I forgave everyone, deserved or not, because that's what I was supposed to do.
But that teaching was tested one year ago, when my beautiful, precious little boy, Jesse, along with 19 other first graders and six teachers and administrators, were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a disturbed young man who mercilessly gunned them down in the hallways and classrooms.
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When I heard about the shooting, I raced to the firehouse where the children were evacuated. I said to myself over and over,