The Injury & Disability Law Center - December 2019

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December 2019

Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, and Workers’ Compensation

This Holiday Season, Choose Grace A Lesson Learned From Brandt Jean

and shouting matches at lightning speed. If we all stopped to consider offering love instead of hate — in other words, if we all acted with the restraint and empathy of Brandt Jean —we’d have better, happier lives. At The Injury and Disability Law Center, we strive to do just that when our clients come into our office full of anger. In my experience, they’re not angry at us, they’re angry about what they’re going through, but sometimes some of that rage spills over. In those moments, we have to remind ourselves that we’re there to listen to them, and we need to extend grace to them in this difficult time. That can be hard to do, but it’s the Christian course of action — something Brandt Jean understood well. In an interview with “Good Morning America” following the scene in the courtroom, Brandt explained why he forgave Guyger that day. “If you are trying to forgive her, understand that she is a human being. She still deserves love. She made a mistake that she probably truly regrets, so if you want to forgive her, just understand that God forgave you,” he said. “And I know that every time I ask God for forgiveness, he forgives me. So who am I to not forgive someone who asks.” I think that’s a beautiful sentiment, one that we should all take to heart this holiday season. So please, while you’re spending time with your family this Christmas, consider choosing grace and forgiveness over anger. Do it not just for your family but also for your friends and even strangers. I’ll do the same. If we all follow Brandt’s path, the world in 2020 just might be a better place.

tremendous loss at this woman’s hands, and he has every reason to be angry with her. But instead, Brandt speaks to Guyger with kindness. He offers her grace and forgiveness and even steps forward to hug her. “I wasn’t going to ever say this in front of my family or anyone, but I don’t even want you to go to jail,” Brandt told Guyger, according to The New York Times. “I want the best for you.” For me, that moment changed the entire narrative of the trial. It was an incredible, unbelievable act of kindness and an example of what I think we should all do more often: extend grace and forgiveness to others. To my eye, much of today’s society is fueled by anger. We’re quick to judge each other for our words and actions, and we leap into arguments

If you keep track of the national news, then there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the case of Botham Jean. In September of 2018, Jean was killed inside his Texas home by former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who entered the apartment thinking it was her own and misidentified Jean as an intruder. It’s a truly tragic story, and, because Botham was black and Guyger white, it made headlines nationwide. I kept an eye on the news reports but didn’t pay close attention until this October, when Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for murder. A few days later, I came across a courtroom video of her conviction. You might have already seen this video, and if you have, you know just how powerful it is. In it, Brandt Jean addresses his brother’s murderer. He and his family have suffered through a

“If we all stopped to consider offering love instead of hate ... we’d have better, happier lives.” | 1 -Jo sh Worley

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