The newest issue of Simple Grace features the incredible story of Immaculée Ilibagiza, who survived the Rwandan genocide by hiding in a 3 foot by 5 foot bathroom for months with five other women. Here's a sneak peak:
When the militia came looking for the women at the pastor’s home, Immaculée recognized the voices of some of her family’s friends. “My heart was filled with rage,” she recalls. “I thought, Maybe if I pray with all my heart, the anger and fear will not find a way in.” But instead, the hate even kept her from saying the words of the Lord’s Prayer, Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. “Forgive?” she asks. “No, I couldn’t forgive. I started to skip that part of the Lord’s Prayer because I couldn’t mean it. I was angry with God. I thought, My enemies are bad. Those men killed my family. They don’t deserve forgiveness.”
But as Immaculée continued to pray, God put his hand on her heart. “I realized that if God said to pray that way, He must know what He’s talking about,” she states. “I put the line back in, but when I reached that part, I would just tell Him: I don’t know how to forgive yet. Help me.” She also focused on Jesus’s words: Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
With an open heart, Immaculée said His words over and over. “I began to see things differently,” she recalls. “My whole body changed. There was peace. Even though I was trapped, I felt hope.”
Read the rest of the story the June issue of Simple Grace, on-sale now. You can read more from Immaculée in her book Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.