Finding light after loss
Power of faith and forgiveness
- Duration 3:52
- Date Apr 16, 2012
Power of faith and forgiveness
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When Brooks Douglass was just sixteen years old he saw his parents executed in cold blood.
Since then he has struggled to deal with his loss and ultimately Hollywood helped him cope by turning his story into the new film.
Recognizes playing the provisions of senate bill for the last six.
I would like to introduce free victims' rights acts.
His comments lots you know I didn't but it goes without saying -- that I have a very personal connection to.
You know zoom out early in an -- are you in -- I'm gonna -- sanctions and.
You know the answer question.
-- -- It's.
Limited and really does move through religion don't lose and his wife Marilyn no -- -- -- My home everything I had was sold at auction to pay for our medical bills.
Oklahoma State senator and victims' rights advocate Brooks Douglass -- -- good morning October 1979.
A knock at the door to guys were lost you Letterman.
What happened changed our lives forever -- and they.
Came in my coach but how hard -- -- -- living room floor.
Their terms remind than twelve year old sister shot assault we'll send -- in our dinner and my mom was facing -- -- -- on the back and my sister not surviving.
Mom and dad died -- from me.
That's something a kid never forgets them.
And you struggled with -- that for very long time right eventually.
So we've mentioned a moment ago about them the movie that have premieres.
A week from last night over on the gospel music channel right.
Did that help you in anyway -- there's a lot of things that I did I think for as much me trying to.
Under way to deal with it.
You got elected to the states NN and -- a bunch of legislation became -- for -- moment you -- from -- them.
Ultimately meaningless one of the guys that shot -- clinic and then.
And and then.
Making this movie I think there's.
All of those have been part of the catharsis.
And you and -- -- and and you met with one of the guys who murdered your parents.
You told them I forgive you right now what I expected to do that's not.
You know anything in my background and I remember thinking I've been in the military.
Been trained and then -- was a state senator and I thought.
And it was time for a little self help because he he did dates escape the death penalty in and in my mind and escape justice and and so one end and not -- -- And wound up after an hour and a half long meeting for giving him.
The title of the movie is -- -- right.
That refers to a sermon -- -- a pastor gamer right.
The morning before my father died he he.
In Oklahoma City you have on the subject of forgiveness and and you know when when I was writing and I put it in there and ultimately play him movie and have a chance to preach part of that same sermon and that was.
That was also pretty meaningful experience for me tribute to him so it's always in a movie now frank it's gotta be hard to watch it.
This is -- -- very very little -- is a crime about two or three minutes in flashback and so most of it is is just how.
My sister diamond dealing with it through the years and and agency's been good to helping.
Let's put that together and and into the movie and so we're excited about -- showing okay it premieres this Sunday night on the gospel music channel.
Brooks Douglass we thank you very much for joining us to tell us about -- thank you Steve thank you sir.