How do you forgive the unforgiveable?
This week’s guest, Tracy Brandt, did just that after losing her parents to murder-suicide: Her father took her mother’s life, just before taking his own.
Tracy joins Darlene Brock and Julie Bender to share details of the dysfunctional and tumultuous upbringing that preceded the loss of her parents. They fought often, held bitterness toward each other and seemed incapable of communicating in a healthy way.
After learning the news, Tracy had no intention of forgiving her father. About a year later, however, she felt God place it on her heart. In this episode, she recalls the emotional back and forth she had with the Creator of the universe, how He changed her understanding of why she should forgive, and what the healing process looked like on the road to forgiveness.
Tracy Brandt and her husband, Rod, are the collegiate directors of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. They have a son named Boaz. Learn more about Tracy and the work she does here.
Quote of the episode:
“Forgiveness is a choice. It’s a decision. It’s not a feeling.” —Tracy Brandt
Read the book Tracy recommended:
—Forgiveness: The Freedom to Let Go by June Hunt