A Mother’s Journey of Hope and Forgiveness

NBC Bay Area – KNTV, San Francisco, CA – Scarlett Lewis lost her six-year-old son Jesse during the Sandy Hook school shooting. In the face of that tragedy, Lewis said she learned to forgive the shooter, in part due to the final message Jesse wrote on their kitchen chalkboard: the words “nurturing,” “healing” and “love.”

Scarlett Lewis
Photo: Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

Lewis is sharing the story of her son’s final act of bravery as  well as how she learned forgiveness in a book, “Nurturing    Healing Love: A Mother’s Journey of Hope & Forgiveness.” Jesse Lewis had urged his classmates to flee the school after seeing his teacher shot, investigators learned after gathering accounts from survivors. Six children escaped before 20-year-old Adam Lanza reloaded and shot Jesse.

“I knew that forgiveness was possible… It’s taking your power back. Not forgiving doesn’t feel good,” Lewis said.

Lewis’ book isn’t a story about a massacre. It’s a story about love and survival. It’s about how to face the impossible, how to find courage when you think you have none, and how to choose love instead of anger, fear, or hatred.

“I believe that Jesse was put on this earth to do what he  did… I’m proud of him. I Sandy Hookbelieve he left a message for me: nurturing,  healing, love.” Lewis added. “We understand these final words as a calling from Jesse that says, ‘I have something for you to do for us. That’s to consciously change an angry thought into a loving one’ because it is a choice.”

In addition to the book, Scarlett recently began the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, which promotes ways for communities  to “choose love over anger, gratitude over entitlement, and forgiveness  and compassion over bitterness.”

Read the full story: “Newtown Mom Describes Struggle for Forgiveness, Peace After Son’s Death.”

5 thoughts on “A Mother’s Journey of Hope and Forgiveness

  1. V.E.G. April 9, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Jesse McCord Lewis died a hero. He was the cousin of Benjamin, William, and William Temple Franklin. There is another one like that, Robert T. Oliver, the grandson of state senator from Virginia, a Freemason, and an attorney, Walter.


  2. V.E.G. April 29, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    Also, there are others: Robert K. Parker, David E. Lewis (the grandfather of Jesse McCord Lewis), Gilles J. Rousseau (he was born a British subject prior to 1947 in Canada). Possibly, George Werner Hochsprung.


  3. V.E.G. May 13, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    There is another one who forgave: Anneli Tiirik. She is from Estonia (it was then Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, and it was part of the USSR, but Uncle Sam does not recognize as the Soviet Republic).


  4. V.E.G. June 18, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    There are only two people who forgave the gunman in Florida; Cesar Flores and Gertrude Merced. Both of them are Latinos. I am glad they do not have go through a trial. There is no trial to prepare, no jury to persuade, no judge handing down a sentence. By the way, it is too late for the gunman to receive God’s forgiveness as his fate is sealed and it is up to us (Christians) to forgive him. It saved Florida taxpayers a pretty penny for a trial, and may those 49 victims rest in peace, and God bless.


  5. V.E.G. June 18, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Rest easy, dear 49 souls.


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