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Forgiving the Boston Bombing Suspects

Bostonians talk forgiveness in the aftermath of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Read Transcript


REPORTER: WHEN THE MARATHON

BEGAN, RUNNERS WERE ON THEIR

MARK, THEY WOULD CHASE A GREAT

DISTANCE THAT WOULD FEEL AS DEEP

AS IT RAN LONG.

DAY STARTED WITH TREMENDOUS

AMOUNT OF ANTICIPATION AND

EXCITEMENT.

YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINING FOR SIX

MONTHS, SIX DAYS A WEEK.

WENT OUT TO THE SITE AND

STARTED RUNNING THE RACE.

IT WAS A GORGEOUS DAY.

EVERYBODY WAS IN GREAT SPIRITS.

REPORTER: DOWN THE ROAD,

FENWAY PARK PACKED.

CATCHER HIT A HOME RUN.

WE JUST FINISHED THE GAME, IN

THE CLUB HOUSE, GOT ON THE BUS,

ONE OF THE GUYS SAID THERE WAS A

BOMB AT THE FINISH LINE OF THE

MARATHON.

REPORTER: ROB DAVIS JUST

FINISHED THE 26 MILE RACE.

HE WAS EXHAUSTED AND WAITED TO

CHEER ON A FRIEND NEAR THE

FINISH LINE AFTER HEARING THE

FIRST BLAST, HE WAS CAUGHT 20

FEET FROM THE SECOND EXPLOSION.

BOMB WENT OFF RIGHT IN FRONT

OF US.

PEOPLE ARE SCREAMING.

WE HAVE GONE FROM A BEAUTIFUL

DAY IN BOSTON TO A WAR ZONE

INSTANTANEOUSLY.

I AM LOOKING JUST ACROSS THE

STREET AT A GUY SITTING IN HIS

CHAIR WITH HIS LEGS BLOWN OFF.

I LOOKED DOWN AT MY FEET AND

BONE OF HIS LEGS ARE AT MY FEET

AND A GIRL ON FIRE RUNNING

TOWARDS ME AND A POLICE OFFICER

GRABS HER AND STARTS PATTING

DOWN HER HAIR.

THIS GIRL IS SHELL SHOCKED.

FREEZING, NAKED ON BOILSON

STREET.

I STARTED SHAKING.

I AM SHAKING AGAIN.

YOU GO BACK INTO THIS.

YOU HAVE THE SMELL OF THE GUN

POWDER.

BLOOD EVERYWHERE.

PEOPLE SCREAMING HYSTERICALLY.

I AM LOOKING AT THIS AND

THINKING, GOD, HOW I AM GOING TO

GET TO THE POINT WHERE I CAN

FORGIVE?

REPORTER: IT IS A QUESTION

THAT STILL LINGERS, CHALLENGING

MANY INCLUDING SOME OF THOSE WHO

VISIT THE RECENTLY RESTORED

SIDEWALK ALONG THE SITES.

FAMED MARATHON QUICKLY CHANGED

CATCHING ALL OF US FLAT FOOTED.

MOVED TO A MUCH DIFFERENT RACE

ONE WITH HURDLES OF FEAR AND

FORGIVENESS.

I CAN'T AT ALL FORGIVE THE

TWO OF THEM OR ANYONE ELSE.

I DON'T THINK ANY MOTIVE BEHIND

ANY ACTION THEY HAD PLANNED IS

EVER FORGIVABLE.

THESE GUYS HAD DELIBERATE

INTENTIONS TO MALICIOUSLY HURT

PEOPLE.

SOMETHING LIKE THAT, I

PERSONALLY JUST, I DON'T FEEL

THERE IS ROOM FOR FORGIVENESS.

I WANT TO GET ANGRY AND DO

HURTFUL THINGS, WHY?

MY ULTIMATE GOAL, MY ULTIMATE

LIFE IS FOR HIM.

THAT IS NOT HIS WAY.

HE WANTS ME TO FORGIVE.

REPORTER: SANJA SHARMAN WAS

AT THE BOTTOM OF HEART BREAK

HILL.

POLICE STOPPED HIM AND OTHER

RUNNERS AS AMBULANCES RACED BY.

AS A PASTOR AND COUNSELOR, HE IS

ENCOURAGING THOSE THAT CAN'T

SHARE PAST INJUSTICE.

RESENTMENT AND BITTERNESS IS

A PLACE OF COMFORT WHERE WE LIKE

TO STAY.

LIKE MANY HAVE SAID IT BECOMES

OUR OWN PRISON.

WE CANNOT ESCAPE AND GET BEYOND.

AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED

BALLPARK BECAME SUPPORT AND

STRENGTH.

JARED'S LAST NAME PROVIDES HIM

WITH A REMINDER.

IT MEANS TO JUMP OVER A

THICKET.

WE ALL COME TO A GAP IN THE ROAD

FOR ME THAT HAS BEEN A BIG

THING.

I DON'T WANT TO CUT MY

CHRISTIANITY SHORT.

I WANT TO CUT CORNERS.

I WANT TO BE ALL IN FOR HIM.

THEN I WON'T EVER HAVE TO WORRY

ABOUT THAT GAP.

I'LL HAVE HIM TO HELP ME GET

OVER IT.

THIS IS WHERE OUR FAITH IS SO

ESSENTIAL.

IF WE LOOK AT JESUS THERE IS NO

ONE THAT CAN BE WRONG.

HE LOOKS AT THOSE THAT HURT HIM

AND ABLE TO LET GO.

HIS EXAMPLE HELPS AND GUIDES US

THROUGH THE MIND FIELDS OF

EMOTIONS WE GO THROUGH.

ROB LIVES IN HOPKINTON, HE IS

A FIXTURE IN THE COMMUNITY AS A

RUNNER AND PASTOR.

HE TESTS THE MEDAL OF HIS ON

FAITH.

GOD TELLS US WE HAVE TO

FORGIVE.

IT IS FOR OUR BENEFIT.

AS I WAS ABLE TO SAY I CAN

FORGIVE THIS PERSON.

A WEIGHT COMES OFF MY SHOULDERS.

THERE IS A SENSE OF FREEDOM I

GET.

WE HAVE ACCESS TO RESURRECTION

POWER IN THE MIDST OF A DAILY

EVENTS.

YOU NEED TO LOVE YOUR ENEMY.

WE HAVE TO WRESTLE WITH WHAT

CHRIST IS TELLING US HE WANTS US

TO DO.

IT IS NOT AN OPTIONAL THING AND

A CHALLENGE TO SAY CAN I REALLY

WALK THIS OUT?

CAN I DO WHAT JESUS DID?

WHEN HE IS ON THE CROSS, HE SAYS

SOMETHING SO BIZARRE, FATHER,

FORGIVE THEM, THEY DO NOT KNOW

WHAT THEY HAVE DONE.

HAS YOUR CHRISTIANITY BEEN

TESTOSTERONE

TESTED?

ABSOLUTELY, WITHOUT A DOUBT.

TO THINK ABOUT MORE THAN JUST

YOURSELF AND WHAT IT TRULY MEANS

TO BE A CHRISTIAN.

THAT IS WHAT EVERYBODY SEES.

WHEN EVIL COMES AT US, OUR

RESPONSE, THE POWER IN OUR LIVES

COMES BY REPAYING THAT EVIL AND

REALLY UNDO THAT EVIL WITH

BLESSINGS, WITH COURAGE.

THAT IS WHERE I THINK WE CAN

OVERCOME THE FEAR.

THAT IS WHERE I BELIEVE WE CAN

OVERCOME BITTERNESS.

HOW DO YOU PROCESS RELEASING

FORGIVENESS.

GOING TO THESE HOSPITALS,

SEEING, I TALKED TO A GENTLEMAN

THERE WITH HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD

SON.

THAT IS WHEN THE SECOND BOMB

WENT OFF AND HIS LEG HAD BEEN

BLOWN OFF, BASICALLY.

THE FIRST THING HE DID WAS GRAB

HIS SON AND PROTECT HIM.

THEN HE CALLED AN OFFICER OVER

AND TOLD THE OFFICER, TAKE MY

SON AND PROTECT HIM, KEEP HIM

SAFE.

PUT HIM WHEREVER YOU HAVE TO PUT

HIM.

I LOOK AT THAT AND SAY THAT IS

WHAT JESUS DOES TO US.

HE TAKES US AND PROTECTS US.

ARE WE PEOPLE OF FAITH OR

NOT?

IS GOD WHO GOD SAYS HE IS?

WILL HE DO WHAT HE PROMISES TO

DO?

WE DON'T CONTROL THIS UNIVERSE,

BUT JESUS DOES AND CAN.

IT IS NOT OUR STRENGTH, IT IS

GOD WHO PROTECTS US IF WE ALLOW

AND DEPEND ON HIM.

THAT IS NOT PASSIVE, THAT IS

FAITH.

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