What a contrast there is in those opposite statements! I'm very sad at the anger that filled Marv Hackbart's remarks, read by Pat Hackbart, calling Codie a pathetic loser, as well as other rage-filled names.
And then I read statements from another sibling of Ken Hackbart, Sharon Badenschier, whose remarks spoke of forgiveness, wishes for healing, purpose in life, and helping others find peace.
Wow, Sharon, you are a shining example of understanding and choosing forgiveness. You have touched my heart and the tears came as I read your statement. I pray the rest of the family will find that healing power of forgiveness that you have found.
I had a powerful, life-changing event in my life that required forgiveness nearly six years ago.
Our 24-year-old son died hours after seeing a doctor for nausea and a horrendous headache that he was experiencing for a day and a half.
I felt the doctor "killed" my son for not sending Ben to the hospital, for not ordering a blood test and in general for not getting how very sick he was.
She sent him home to rest for the afternoon and he died a few hours later.
For months, my anger at that woman doctor in North Liberty, Iowa, was consuming me and the bitter root of unforgiveness was growing inside my heart and soul.
It took time, God's grace and work on my part to heal my grief and bitterness, and I was able to forgive.
Forgiveness is transforming; it changes you.
Thank you, Sharon, for the courage you had to share your forgiving statements to the court and to your nephew, Codie.
I'm very sorry for your loss and for all the family's loss. May all the family find peace and healing and even forgiveness following this tragedy.
Roxann Newell, Mason City