There is so much to say in a situation like this. Much of it has already been said again and again. And yet there is also nothing to say at all. So this won’t be a long, convoluted discussion on the brevity of life, or the pain in this world, or any of the other lessons that people draw out of situations like this. It will be short and simple and to the point.
This past weekend, a bus carrying ACU students and faculty on their way to volunteer at a children’s home crashed. One of my professors was on board the bus. Despite having had his ear severed off, he is in good condition. Others were less lucky. There are still a few students in serious condition in hospitals in Abilene, Dallas, and Houston. One student, Anabel Reid, died.
One thing that this incident has reminded me of is how grateful I am to be at this school. People from across the country and the world have reached out hands of support and love to the families of the victims of the accident. The school is mourning together, as a community. It is a community I am proud to be a part of.
I never met Anabel, but she sounds like an amazing person. She also wanted to work in developing countries after leaving ACU. I think that we might have been good friends.
If Anabel was an amazing person, then I know where she got it from: her mother. To me, one of the most impactful things that has come out of this tragedy is Mrs. Reid’s response. Upon learning the terrible news, her first response was not one of anger or sadness – it was one of mercy and grace.
She wanted the driver of the bus to know that it was not his fault.
This, to me, is incredible. How many of us would have that courage, that strength of heart? How many of us know how to love like that? I don’t know that I do.
For another amazing story on forgiveness, check this out.
This is not a world inclined to forgive. This is a world that gets angry, that hates, that holds grudges for centuries. This is a world where vengeance is justified.
This world has a lot to learn from Mrs. Reid.