After years of bitterness and pain, a dad has chosen to forgive the man who sexually assaulted and murdered his 11-year-old daughter, whom he dearly loved.
Tragedy Rocks Lemire Family
In a small town in Taslina, Alaska, Dave Lemire, and his children shared beautiful memories as a family. The family loved doing outdoor activities together, especially Dave and his 11-year-old daughter, Mandy. She was his fishing and hunting buddy. But on August 22, 1991, an unexpected tragedy rocked the Lemire family.
One day, Mandy left home to meet a friend. But her friend, Aaron, wondered where she was because she never arrived at their meeting point. So, he went to Mandy’s house, and they began to search for her.
Dave immediately went out to look all over the woods. When he felt something was seriously wrong with Mandy’s disappearance, he contacted a search and rescue. The dad couldn’t do anything amidst the investigation but wait and pray.
“I’m praying, ‘God, protect her. Help us find her in the morning,’” he cried out to God.
Struggling To Forgive
Ten days later, one of the search and rescue teams finally found Mandy. But with very heartbreaking news—she wasn’t alive. Dave couldn’t take what he had just heard, and his heart was crushed.
Apparently, the responders found the 11-year-old’s body in the woods “about a mile from her house.” Later they discovered in the investigation that the suspect sexually assaulted the young girl before murdering her.
Dave struggled with dark thoughts against the man who murdered his daughter. Anger, bitterness, and pain then took a toll on the brokenhearted dad’s life. For many years, he couldn’t afford to release forgiveness. Instead, he wanted to place justice in his hands to get his revenge. On top of that, he began doubting God.
Until one day, God met Dave, tearing down all his bitter and ugly walls.
Watch what happened.
Reference | The 700 Club