by Donald Cantrell

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Trouble in Paradise (1 of 4)
Series: Famous Failures
Donald Cantrell
Genesis 3:1-24

Theme: ‘‘Considering the failure of the first family’’

Let us consider 3 stories about extraordinary acts of forgiveness:


‘‘How’s your kid’s?’’
That’s the question Gary Weinstein found himself asking during a jailhouse meeting with the man who killed Weinstein’s wife and two sons, according to the Detroit Free Press.
In a way it was an understandable question. Weinstein and Tom Wellinger lived within a mile of each other in Farmington Hills, Mich. They were both fathers. Their children attended the same schools.
In May 2005, Wellinger, driving with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit, rammed into the car containing Weinstein’s wife and two sons, the Free Press reported.
Members of Wellinger’s family had flown to Michigan to mount an intervention about his alcoholism, the paper said. It was scheduled for the day after the accident.
Wellinger’s reply to Weinstein’s jailhouse question was that he hadn’t seen his son in more than a year, because he was underage and therefore not allowed in the jail. Weinstein told the Free Press that Wellinger asked if he could ever forgive him. Weinstein answered with a question: ‘‘Can you forgive yourself?’’
Weinstein has since reportedly offered to speak to Wellinger’s children to help them heal while Wellinger serves his 19-30 year sentence for three counts of second-degree murder. He has also formally agreed not to block attempts for an early release, the Free Press said.

A Mothers Grief and Mercy

‘‘That has to be the most gracious victim statement I’ve heard in this courtroom. And I’m not so sure I’d be able to be as gracious as you are, ma’am.’’
Rankin County (Miss.) Circuit Judge William Chapman spoke these words last Monday at the conclusion of the trial of Jermaine Tyler, 31, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported. Tyler pleaded guilty to murdering Leslie Sheppard ...

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