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David Ripley: A Love Story

October 12th, 2009 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

In the midst of our struggles against evil now institutionalized in Washington, D.C., which can sometimes seem overwhelming, it is important to remember the power of the individual, the single hero, to change the world.

Such an example is now available on WorldNetDaily, “5 Alive After One Brave Choice”.

It is the story of a woman brutally attacked back in 1956, raped by a gang of eight men on her way home from watching a movie in St. Louis, Missouri. After surviving her crushing ordeal, the twenty-two year old woman, Ann, found out that her suffering was not over. She was pregnant.

Her parents made it clear they wanted her to commit abortion on the baby; but Ann was steadfast in her refusal to compound the violence. She would have the baby girl, but her parents demanded that she give the baby up for adoption.

That baby is now a mature woman named Juda Myers.

For some 48 years, the only thing Ann had to hang onto was photo of her newborn. That is, until Juda found her birth mother in a nursing home in December of 2005. The two talked of the painful circumstances, with the daughter weeping over a description of the brutal rape.

“Honey, stop crying. I’ve forgiven those men,” said the mother. “Look what God has done. He’s brought you back to me. God is faithful.”

Ann’s blessing is now extended to two more generations of family that would not be here without her heroic sacrifice, her decision to choose love over vengeance.This powerful story is really a Gospel parable, and exemplifies the Apostle Paul’s description of love:

“Love always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Bask in the inspiration yourself by reading the whole story.

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