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Jewel: Examining justice — what is justice? I know what the dictionary says justice is — “just behavior or treatment.” Isn’t that an eye for an eye?
Let’s say that my father actually had to serve time in jail for the murder of that precious woman. That would be a right treatment for his behavior. What he deserved. However, that justice would do nothing to heal my heart for watching him kill her. It wouldn’t calm my inner being when night terrors happen by and it won’t create safety for me.
Justice to me is a heart free from hatred. A Heart that doesn’t seek revenge. I didn’t and don’t hate my father. I actually never longed for him to go to prison. What I longed for was a father that loved me. A husband that would love my children.
How do you make that right?
Gem: If it were not for a Heavenly Father that cares deeply for me and shows His love to me daily, I would be a sincere mess.
Metaphorical Gunpowder: Tragedy was born time and time again in my soul and in the lives of my children. I cannot change that. I have made a choice to live out the rest of my life giving back to other victims. I will not believe that what I came through has to define who I am.
I am strong. I am beautiful. I am intelligent and from time to time I even have a little bit of wisdom.
My past doesn’t get to win.
Leave your jewel, a gem or something you kept yourself free from with metaphorical gunpowder.