Has a friend ever hurt your feelings? Have you struggled to forgive? Has a friend ever caused you great harm physically?
Today’s blog on forgiveness takes the discussion to a whole new level. Read about Rachelle FriedmanChapman, and see if you, like me, have a ways to go in understanding total, complete forgiveness.
Rachelle Friedman Chapman is a young woman who is filled with a zest for life, but she’s had her share of rough times. In 2010, a month before she was going to be married to her fiance, Chris Chapman, a freak accident left her paralyzed from the chest down. Friedman and some of her friends were attending Friedman’s bachlorette party. While hanging out by the pool, Friedman’s girlfriend playfully pushed her into the pool. Tragically, what was meant to be a harmless prank backfired. Friedman plunged headfirst into the shallow end of the pool, fracturing two of her vertebrae.
While Friedman could have sunk into despair and depression, she chose to remain positive. Her fiance stood by her, and they were married one year after the accident.
Did Friedman forgive the friend who pushed her into the pool? The answer is “No, she did not.” As Friedman herself explains, “I know this is hard to believe but I never had to forgive her because I never really blamed her. As I was lying on the side of the pool, I was worried about her.” That’s an amazing woman.