LEARNING TO FORGIVE

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It is perhaps easy to handle anniversaries ladened with horror in private with thoughtful reflection. But then we have Dr. Heidi Janz, whose DNA, clearly, does not know what easy is about.

Take Janz’s Friday Facebook post, for example. She took her writer’s creativity and bravely relived Jan. 28, 2008 — a severely cold day — when an intruder with a knife and balaclava stabbed Janz, knocking her out unconscious.

Her father, who was delivering milk, found Janz and immediately started applying towels to her shoulders, overflowing with blood.

Janz, who lives with cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair, faced her attacker in court and, because of her own strong Christian faith, forgave him and said she prayed for him.

The thought of unconditional forgiveness is something we all think of, but to openly offer it to someone, who later confessed to police he planned to kill Janz is something so incredibly full of grace.

“As counterintuitive as this may sound, I think it’s generally more of a challenge to forgive people we have relationships with, family and friends, than it is to forgive strangers or acquaintances,” Janz wrote in a Saturday email.

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