Renee continues: That was a moment when healing began in my life. Suddenly, instead of anger, I began to feel compassion for this young man who had made a tragic mistake. For a long time I’d thought that by forgiving Eric, I would be betraying my daughter or, in a way, leaving her behind. I thought forgiving Eric was almost like saying, “What he did doesn’t matter.” But God showed me that forgiving Eric was the best way to honor Meagan and to assure that her loving legacy would live on. Today my story is a story of healing and forgiveness. My family and Lisa’s family chose to forgive Eric. We even appealed to have his 22-year prison sentence reduced.
How can I ever forgive?»