My Connection to "Amish Grace" the LMN Original Movie Airing March 28
For the past five years I’ve watched my Amish neighbors go about their business quietly, their children’s laughter carrying over the field that separates our houses. I’ve watched the buggies travel up and down our road, heard them singing as they went, and returned a nod or a wave as they went by our house.
At times I’ve poked fun at them (or poked fun at us, through them) when they would speak in their Pennsylvania Dutch; words I don’t understand but I’ve always envied their serene attitude and peacefulness.
In 2006, a shooting at a Pennsylvania Amish school house made headlines. Little girls between my oldest son’s and daughter’s age were wounded or died from the senseless and disturbed actions of an Englishman they knew fondly within the community. I couldn’t understand the reasoning for it but I held Peanut tight, who was only a baby himself, and felt a sorrow deep in my heart for the parents of those girls.
Lifetime Movie Network brings the Amish school shooting to life in its new original movie "Amish Grace." It’s a story of forgiveness, how a community and individuals must find their way back from the grief, the pain, and even the anger they feel from losing someone they loved.
I made it through the first 15 minutes of the movie dry-eyed. The rest of the movie resulted in my sobbing for these women, these mothers, who had experienced such a life altering change that for some it was difficult to process to say the least. I felt their emotions, raw as if they were my own.
The entire movie gave me a glimpse inside a community that I’ve only known from a field. I struggled to understand how they could band together and forgive at the same time fighting their own inner battles.
It was harrowing, exhausting, and amazing to watch this story unfold from a perspective that no one on the outside could understand.
"Amish Grace" premieres March 28th at 8PM EST / 5PM PT on the Lifetime Movie Network.
It will move you to understand how faith and forgiveness go hand in hand to help people move beyond the most difficult and heart wrenching experiences. It’s forever changed my views of how to have faith and how to forgive whenever I feel forgiveness isn’t an option.