Lisa, 37, Castle Rock, Colorado
In 1988, when I was 18, my brother, Ken, was killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Until September 11, 2001, this was the worst terrorist attack against Americans with the loss of over 260 lives.
[I]n college I did my senior thesis on Islamic terrorism, hoping it would answer the question, "Why?" But it only left me with more questions. I went to law school and [helped seek] justice against Libya [which was believed to be responsible for the bombing.]
But as a Christian, I was challenged. The Bible said I was to "love my enemies" and forgive. [I]t has been a journey learning what it means to love my enemies while also pursuing justice. After Abdel Basset El-Megrahi was convicted of bombing the plane and Libya accepted responsibility, I sent a letter [telling] him that I must forgive him.
Two years ago, I took my journey of forgiveness…to Libya. I met with government leaders and [other] people. I found the power of forgiveness as grown men took me into their arms and cried, thanking me for coming. I have started the Peace and Prosperity Alliance, which is [planning] a reconciliation event in Libya. I am also writing a book to share my journey to forgiveness.