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December 13, 2021
Daughter of Fallen Officer Gives Emotional Eulogy: ‘I Can’t Get Any Part of My Heart to Hate His Killer...’
In a world characterized by vitriol, division, and the godless worship of the self, seldom are we reminded of the kind of people we could be. Many Americans can’t help but hate those with whom they simply disagree, so daring to care for those who have actually wronged you seems completely out of the question. But this isn’t the case for the daughter of slain Mesquite, Texas, officer Richard Houston.
Through tear-filled eyes, Shelby Houston spoke at her father’s funeral, demonstrating a level of grace that grows ever rarer as we move through modernity. She described who her father was—a man of faith who cherished his family and worked hard—and spoke of her broken heart following his death. But most remarkably, she spoke of her wishes for her father’s murderer.
Daughter of fallen officer delivers heartbreaking eulogy at funeralyoutu.be
“I remember having conversations with my dad about him losing friends and officers in the line of duty. I have heard all of the stories you can think of, but I’ve always had such a hard time with how the suspect is dealt with. Not that I didn’t think there shouldn’t be justice served, but my heart always ached for those who don’t know Jesus […] I was always told that I would feel differently if it happened to me. But as it’s happened to my own father, I think I still feel the same […] Part of me wishes I could despise the man who did this to my father, but I can’t get any part of my heart to hate him.”
Ms. Houston continued by saying that she hopes one day to speak with her father’s murderer to tell him about Jesus. This is a strength many can only wish to have, but all should attempt to possess.
Ms. Houston’s words are reminiscent of those of Botham Jean’s younger brother Brandt, who forgave Amber Guyger—the officer who shot Botham—and even gave her a hug at her sentencing.
Botham Jean's brother forgives, embraces Amber Guygeryoutu.be
“I forgive you, and I know, if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you […] I love you just like anyone else […] I personally want the best for you. And I wasn’t going to ever say this in front of my family or anyone, but I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want you to do, and the best would be give your life to Christ.”
This world sucks a lot sometimes. In fact, much of the time it looks pretty damn terrible. It is young men and women like this that should give us hope for the future.
And can someone find those onion-cutting ninjas and tell them to knock it off! I’m trying to get work done here.
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