A Story of Forgiveness: The Legacy of Amy Biehl

Article Title: A Story of Forgiveness: The Legacy of Amy Biehl
Submitted by: Craig
Lock

Web site: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his
various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual
writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of
inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Article Summary:

At the age of 26, Amy gave her life in South
Africa for the cause of freedom,
peace and justice. Upon winning a scholarship from Fulbright University, Amy
decided to go to South Africa to aid in the country’s efforts to end racial
apartheid. She was murdered by four violent, angry protestors on August 26,
1993.
#
South Africa honours US woman who forgave daughter’s
killers

Reuters | Wednesday, 23 April 2008

An American woman was awarded one of South
Africa’s highest state honours for forgiving the men who stoned her daughter to
death in the dying days of
apartheid.

Linda Biehl was named to the Order of Companions
of O R Tambo by President Thabo Mbeki at a ceremony in Pretoria, the office of
the presidency said in a statement on its website.

Biehl and her husband Peter captured the hearts of
South Africans in 1993 when they publicly forgave the killers of their daughter,
Amy Biehl, a Fulbright scholar who was working with poor communities in the
country.

The 26-year-old woman was killed on August 25,
1993 when she drove into the Guguletu township outside Cape Town to drop off
three black friends and was attacked by a crowd returning from a rally of the
militant Pan African Congress.

Members of the mob chased Biehl and stoned and
stabbed her to
death as she begged for
mercy in the dust.

The murder, coming about one year before the
country’s first all-race elections, shocked the country and the
world.

The four black youths convicted of the crime were
released from prison in 1998 after they were granted amnesty by the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission, which was set up in 1995 to investigate rights abuses
during apartheid.

The Biehls did not oppose the amnesty, and they
later hired two of the murderers to work in a foundation they set up in their
daughter’s name. The foundation helps community projects in the townships where
Amy Biehl worked.

Linda Biehl was among some three dozen people
honoured for contributing to South Africa’s democracy. Previous winners of the
Tambo award include US civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas
(Mahatma) Gandhi, the father of Indian independence.

For further information on the life of Amy Biehl
and her parents, an amazing story of
forgiveness, “google” her or visit
http://www.capetimes.co.za/?fSectionId=273&fArticleId=nw2008042118552924…
http://myhero.com/myhero/hero.asp?hero=a_biehl
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24242249/page/1/.
http://www.theforgivenessproject.com/stories/linda-biehl-easy-nofemela
*
To end off, here are a few thoughts on
forgiveness
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act – it is an
attitude of mind.”

Martin Luther King

“The noblest revenge is to forgive.”
– Thomas
Fuller, English author (1608-1661)

“If I don’t forgive my enemies, I deny my right to
have power over them.”
– Martin Luther King or Robert Kennedy??

“One man (or woman) can make a difference.”

Robert Kennedy

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light
can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
– Martin
Luther King, Jr (1929-1968, American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner,
1964)

“Violence breeds violence, repression brings
retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness
from our soul.”
So eulogised Robert Kennedy after the assassination of Martin
Luther King Jr in April 1968.

“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s
own beliefs. Rather it condemns the opression or persecution of others.”

John F Kennedy

“Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the
waves, the tide and gravity,
we shall harness for God the energies of
love.
Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have
discovered fire.”
– Teilhard De Chardin

Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it’s an ongoing state of mind. A
long and ardous journey that starts with a single large step – in spite of
immense pain, the decision to forgive, a commitment to the ideal… and one that
gives freedom… to the forgiven, yet also to the forgiver.”
“When you
forgive (another person or country), you empty your mind of negative thoughts
(perhaps even thoughts as strong as hate). Then the infinite Spirit of God makes
a fresh space in our hearts to allow new positive feelings to take their place..
to pour into our hearts. The ‘freed’ person then moves forward with a new
spirit…which takes root in people’s minds, hearts, spirits and even in the
deepest recesses of their souls.”

– craig

About the submitter:
Craig
is passionate about his former country, South Africa and writes about the
“Beloved Country” in his novels. The inspiring story of Amy Biehl has a lot
of
meaning to his life and shares important themes from his own
writings.

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired
to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock (e-books) http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html and www.lulu.com/craiglock

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive
bookstore

“First steps on the path to peace begins with talking, which leads to some
understanding…
which then leads to negotiation.. which leads to eventual

peace.”
– craig (as inspired by the words of Amy Biehl)

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

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20 Responses to “A Story of Forgiveness: The Legacy of Amy Biehl”

  1. craiglock Says:

    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY COMMENTS already #,.. together with hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/
    …true!) …obsessive or WHAT!

    I’m really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.

    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), #
    (see note at end on PS)

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    from http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/ and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    # I’ve also had to close comments on all of my blogs, except one. So iistead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
    https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

    PPS

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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  20. craig lock Says:

    Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog/comment and/or kind thought(s)

    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”

    I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (“zillions”) of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
    in recent years …true!) …a few of my blogs went “balistically viral” a few years back.

    Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share. However I am unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so have had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me.

    Sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/
    and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

    https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

    and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! ”

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

    PPS

    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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