Alberthina Son, a mom from Lake Worth, Florida, arrived home one day to find ithad been ransacked by burglars. The thieves had stolen jewelry, clothing, and a tablet while she was at work and her daughter, Wendy, was at school.
“When I came back, I saw the door open and I was scared,” the mother said tearfully.
The family had just moved into the home from Guatemala and were excited to start their new life in America. While the mother was reasonably upset, the incident sparked something else in 8-year-old Wendy: forgiveness.
The little girl chose to believe the best in the burglars. She wrote them a long letter explaining to them that what they did was wrong, but that they still have time to turn a new leaf and be forgiven.
“This is for the robbers,” she wrote. “Please do not steal in our house. There are good kids and people in this house. We are people that do not steal. We are sad that you have been stealing in this house. You are not the only one that has feelings. We all do. I hope you will change and be good. God will forgive you.”
Wendy taped the note onto the window in case the thieves came back, hoping that it would change their mind. The family knows they may never get their belongings back, but they hope the message will get to the culprits so that they may find the right path.
If an 8-year-old girl can forgive a few thieves, then perhaps there is a bit of hope for tomorrow.
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