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The Power Of Forgiveness: Woman Lives Next Door To Son's Murderer, Befriends Him!

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Wow! This is a truly astounding story!

A 59-year-old woman in Minneapolis, Minnesota lives RIGHT NEXT DOOR to her son's murderer!

Although a shocking misfortune to some, her story instead proves that ALL human beings have the power to forgive others, no matter how terrible the circumstance.

In 1993, Mary Johnson's 20-year-old son was shot to death at a party by then 16-year-old Oshea Israel after an argument erupted between the two.

She admits she wanted justice and she got it when the boy was tried as an adult and sentenced to over 25 years in prison.

What started as a prison visit in an attempt to forgive the boy who took her son's life began what may be one of the most unlikely friendships we've ever heard of.

Oshea was released after 17 years in prison, during which he met regularly with Mary. After his release, she introduced him to her landlord and helped him get an apartment right next to her own.

In an interview, she talks about the the importance of forgiveness, saying:

"Unforgiveness is like cancer! It will eat you from the inside out. It's not about the other person. Me forgiving him does not diminish what he's done. Yes, he murdered my son, but the forgiveness is for me. It's for me."

When she puts it that way, who are we to disagree? However, Oshea is sang a different tune in front of cameras, saying:

"I haven't totally forgiven myself yet. I'm learning how to forgive myself and Im still growing towards trying to forgive myself and what is I've done."

Mary Johnson found the power to forgive her son's murderer, but the real question is, will he ever find the power to forgive himself?

Check out the video above to watch this amazing story for yourself!

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16 comments to “The Power Of Forgiveness: Woman Lives Next Door To Son's Murderer, Befriends Him!”



  1. 1

    Forgiveness? And she calls herself a "mother". That term is reserved for actual mothers, not for spineless traitors who betray their own children's memory. If she were a real mother, she'd have killed this bastard by now.



  2. 2

    What a great way to torture the murderer! Every time he sees her, he'll be reminded of what he's done. Good for her!



  3. 3

    "Mary Johnson found the power to forgive her son's murderer, but the real question is, will he ever find the power to forgive himself?"
    Who writes this sappy crap now? It's like something you'd see on the back of a cheap romance novel.



  4. 4

    Maybe she is still waiting for revenge like Desperate Housewives. Felicia went to live next door to Paul Young also for revenge :P



  5. 5

    Her decision but some people don't deserve forgiveness…acceptance of what has happened and moving away from hating the person is positive but befriending them?!



  6. 6

    Thanks for this story. With all the negative crap in the news this is a nice one to focus on. I agree with the mother in the story. Forgiveness is for your own Self. To carry that anger for the rest of your life will create "dis ease" which will lead to disease.



  7. 7

    You can forgive someone BUT you don't hop into bed with them afterwards (that was a mediforically comment for you slow people)



  8. 8

    Re: giabreadBecause her being behind bars, a committing the same act is the ONLY way to honor her sons memory that will satisfies you??!! You obviously are one of those poor ignorant fools who thinks that a real mother seeks vengenace instead of finding a way to live her life without it being filled with hate and anger, OR DRUGS….sad for you, really sad for you. "A REAL MOTHER lives her life by example, and teaches forgiveness….in your case I guess the wolves didnt teach you right….lol



  9. 9

    The only thing I'd do to that motherfucker is the same thing he did to my son. WTF is wrong with people? Some things don't merit forgiveness–murder is one of them!



  10. 10

    You never know how you will handle a situation until you find yourself in it. I have nothing but respect for her, I dunno if I could do this, but I respect her for being able to. This guy was 16 at the time, & he spent 17 years behind bars. He was young & stupid. I guess it's not so hard to believe that maybe he grew up & changed his ways. Every person & situation is different, & It must take something special to forgive someone for such a crime.



  11. 11

    I think it's easier for her to forgive him because he was a child. Yes that's no excuse but our upbringing is different, and while everybody makes the choice, young impressionable kids are still influenced by their environment. She's certainly a better person than I am. I don't think I'd be able to forgive. It takes a grand person to do that.

    Giabread. If you kill a murderer, what makes you better than him? You'd be a murderer as well. Pointless.



  12. 12

    What a woman god bless her ! I have a son myself and I trully don't know if I'll ever be able to forgive…



  13. 13

    Kill them with kindness. That's what this woman is doing. I'm glad that she was able to get rid of the bitterness in her heart to forgive him. Re: giabread – Unforgiveness is poison to you NOT the person you're mad at. Half the time, they don't know or care whether you have hatred for them. Unforgiveness only hurts the victim because they become more cold and bitter. The only way to move on and life a happy life is to get rid of that bitterness. And maybe everyone may not agree with her befriending him, I commend her for doing the right thing and forgiving him. Besides, maybe through the years from talking to him and gaining closure, she found out that he was truely remorseful and that's why she's able to find a soft spot for him. Who knows. But that doesn't make her a bad person - it makes her an EXCEPTIONAL woman.



  14. 14

    This is a GREAT, great story that should be heard by BILLIONS! They should turn this into a movie!!



  15. 15

    Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts anyone can give us. All of us will do something someday to someone that we will regret . All us have deeply hurt others by word, deed, or action. No one is a saint and all us need mercy. Anger, self-pity, and revenge are more destructive than murder. It's a beautiful story and this young man has changed his life because of her love and forgiveness.



  16. 16

    Sometimes God makes something so horrible happen in your life to find out if you are true to Him. She seems truly faithful and may be blessed in Heaven. And it is the ripple affect…Oshea has the harder road of asking for forgiveness from God and accepting it. It is a spiritual road that only each person takes. She did her son proud and his life/death was not in vain if it was to save another soul to Jesus.