Sunday, August 21, 2011

POTSC - Casey Anthony

People of the Second Chance has begun a campaign, Never Beyond, that focuses on forgiveness, grace and second chances. There will be 25 posters representing well known historical, current and fictional characters who are believed to have harmed society. The first poster is of Casey Anthony. Following are my thoughts on Casey Anthony's second chance:

I awaited his response to my confession. I was prepared for the worst. My body was tense, my emotions frayed in expectation of losing everything. Knees to the floor, I awaited my judgment and sentencing.

As much as I had prepared myself, I was completely shocked at what happened next.

I forgive you. It won't be easy, but we'll get through this.

I'd like to say I felt relief, but my first response was to question how. How could he ever forgive me? How could he still love me? How could he not want to make me pay for what I'd done?

It was in those moments of weeping on my bedroom floor that I began to understand the love and forgiveness of a good God demonstrated to me through human flesh that should've acted otherwise.

Five years later, I watched as Casey Anthony awaited the jury's verdict. I felt her tension, the way she braced herself for the worst. I recognized the defeat in her eyes.

Then as the verdict was delivered, I cried with her as she realized her second chance at life. I identfied with the breaking that hope sometimes brings.

Within minutes my Facebook news feed was hot with rage, angry members of society claiming justice had not been served. And all I could think was, I know how she feels.

Guilty or not, I don't know. But as I read the angry comments, I remembered my guilt and my second chance. I remembered grace changing my life. And I hoped that grace would change her life too. And while I read all the raging comments, I wished that I could look Casey Anthony in the eyes and tell her that nothing she ever did or ever could do could make God love her any more or less than He already does.


  1. Deep thoughts shared, I have mixed feelings about all this. I cannot judge because I don't know the truth... the only truth I know... a little baby is dead and no one is taking responsiblity for it. God with be with everyone involved on the day of judgement and the truth will be revealed.
    He IS a God of second chances, He is also a God of accountability. Thank you for this very thoughtful post.

  2. I meant to say, "God WILL be with everyone involved" oops.

  3. The Casey Anthony verdict is one of those moments when our flesh screams for justice to be done and is appalled when it appears that justice has been thwarted. At those moments I have to remind myself that I really don't want least not for my sins and my failures. It is easy to want justice for everyone else and grace and mercy for ourselves. Thankfully, God pursues all of us with a grace that is scandalous.

  4. Sharon - it's hard not to have mixed feelings about it. I understand where you're coming from. I just know I didn't get what I deserved, and it changed my life.

    Traylor - Ditto! :-)