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Good News Tuesday: Forgiveness and Perseverance


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Just two stories today, but the first one is pretty powerful. It starts with bad news and offers hope for something better.

Brandt Jean Asks to Hug His Brother’s Killer, and the Judge Lets Him

After a long shift, Dallas police officer Amber Guyger walked into the wrong apartment and killed Botham Jean who was in his own apartment eating ice cream.  It was a horrible mistake that could have been easily prevented. I’ve been thinking a lot about this case. What would I have done as a juror? As the police officer? But I think what Botham Jean’s brother did was more important. After Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Botham’s 18 year old brother,  Brandt Jean, made a statement of forgiveness. Then he asked if he could hug his brother’s killer. Judge Tammy Kemp broke with protocol by allowing the hug and later by giving Amber her Bible. 20 years ago, I would have been objecting strongly to that act, now I admire Judge Kemp’s compassion.

This first video moved me to tears and the hope that maybe greater good can come from this tragedy.

In the second video, Brandt talks about what made him ask for the hug. There is an important distinction made between forgiveness and justice.

Jimmy Carter is Amazing

At the age of 95, Jimmy Carter is the oldest living former US president. He lives in a modest house and shops at Dollar General. After a recent fall, he was back to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. What a role model!

Got good news? Please share in the comments!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

12 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday: Forgiveness and Perseverance

  1. Love these stories. I’ve always admired President Carter. He is a good, hard working person who cares a lot about others.

    • Thanks for reading and appreciating these stories with me, Linda. I am much more aware today of President Carter’s contributions compared to when he was in office.

  2. You do find them, Jo-Anna. Stories that make us cry and smile, all with care and love in them.


  3. Eighteen-year-old Brandt Jean’s act of love brought me to tears. In these troubling times of divisive racist politics, Brandt demonstrates that there is another way forward for our nation.

  4. Brand’s words and actions are ❤ and Jimmy. ❤

  5. Jimmy Carter has been one of my heroes from the time he became president. Many see his presidency as a a failure. In truth, he was way ahead of his time on many issues. As a decent human being, he has few parallels. Thanks for sharing JoAnna!

  6. Jimmy Carter really is a model American.

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