Pat Sczebel

Pastor, worship leader, songwriter

Murderer, Monster, Man, now Brother-in-Christ.

A friend of mine recently told me the story of a woman named Dianne, and the book she wrote after her son was brutally murdered. In a culture that demands justice and where bitterness and vintication are so common, her story stands out and clearly demonstrates a Christ like process of forgiveness. I was humbled when I heard her story and how the Lord used (even in the smallest way.) some of the lyrics I wrote so many years ago in her life, for His glory. We serve an amazing God! Here is a little piece of her incredible journey.... 

"He began as a murderer. Nothing of worth in him. Only evil. Producer of pain. Over time, I my thoughts of him grew into calling him a monster. I dismissed him as a person. Surely God didn’t love monsters!

God confronted me with the commandment to bless (1 Peter 3:9) this person who had hurt me and my family so badly. One of the first “blessings” God called me to give him was to pray for him by name. When I engaged in earnestly praying for him by name, I couldn’t deny that Christ died for him. He wasn’t a monster, he was a man loved by God as much as I was loved--or as much as God loved our son. And now? This murderer. . .monster. . . man. . . is my brother-in-Christ."

You can read the rest of the story here. And you can buy Dianne's book, "I choose to Forgive." here.