Amaz­ing grace

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

There are some peo­ple in this world who are al­ways able to find the good in any sit­u­a­tion. These ex­tra­or­di­nary in­di­vid­u­als in­spire the rest of us who might be more cyn­i­cal in na­ture. So imag­ine the amount of good­ness it must take to look at the man who robbed you and gen­uinely wish him a bet­ter fu­ture.

That’s ex­actly what hap­pened for a North­west Arkansas woman who showed up to court af­ter the man who robbed her with a knife was ar­rested. The pa­pers say in 2017, Con­nie Gonitzke was robbed at knife­point. She told au­thor­i­ties she’d never been so scared in her en­tire life.

She ar­rived at her place of em­ploy­ment at a den­tal clinic early one morn­ing to pre­pare for the day ahead. That’s when au­thor­i­ties say a man en­tered the clinic and de­manded money while bran­dish­ing a knife. He got away with $61, and it will end up cost­ing him sev­eral years in prison.

She chose to ad­dress him in court. And af­ter thank­ing the rob­ber for not hurt­ing her, she pre­sented him with a Bible and the Book of Mor­mon, say­ing she hoped he would use his in­car­cer­a­tion to turn his life around.

We’re con­vinced the world would be a brighter place if we had more Con­nies in it. There’s cer­tainly jus­tice to be had when a crime is com­mit­ted. But to wish well for those who have wronged you, well, that’s just some amaz­ing grace.

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