Witnessing redemption after a life go...

Witnessing redemption after a life goes awry

There are 73 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 12, 2007, titled Witnessing redemption after a life goes awry. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

During moments of reflection, many of us comb through our lives with questions of "what if?" But few of us have the type of "what ifs" that my childhood friend Debra Trice has.

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Catherine Monckton

Naperville, IL

#1 Nov 12, 2007
Thank you for a beautiful article. Debra's story reminds me of the power of forgiveness. Many people forgave her. Most beautifully was that of Raymond's mother, Margaret Jones. Most powerfully was Debra's forgiveness of herself that enabled her to allow herself to earn a bachelor degree. It is so true that were there is life there is hope. God is good.
Crystal

Columbus, OH

#2 Nov 12, 2007
A wonderful article. I will be sharing it with my students this week. Thank you for sharing this story of friendship, mistakes and forgiveness.
B A DeC

Crystal Lake, IL

#3 Nov 12, 2007
Inspirational
Elsie

Glen Ellyn, IL

#4 Nov 12, 2007
Wow! Why did this appear today? It seems so providential. My brother was just convicted of murder and put in maximum security prison. He did not pull the trigger. He did not pay the trigger-puller. But he was involved. How could someone like him even be remotely involved in such a thing. It's hard for a sister to fathom. Before the trial last month, he was placed in a Remand Center for more than year, without bail. With nothing current to read, he resorted to reading the Bible through, several times. He turned to the Bible and to God. He was smart enough to know there are two ways to go ... ask forgiveness and get connected to God ... or be angry at the world for the rest of your life. Fortunately, he remembered his roots and the religous life of his parents, knowing God forgives anything if you but ask. He conferred with the chaplain and the pastor who visited him. It wasn't long, and he was pulling together a group of inmates that he studied with. He feels this became his mission field. Amazing! Maybe something similar can happen to him at his new prison home. This has been such a hard road for his entire family. No one in our family ever has been convicted and imprisoned.
Thank you so much for your story which came into my life at just the right time to help me mentally cope.

scottklyons in RI

Providence, RI

#5 Nov 12, 2007
Sad, poignant, hopful tale of two bright, beautiful American women with insecurity, uncertainty and hunger. We all make decisions that shape the rest of our lives. Thank you Debra for filling these blank pages with such sincerity, sensitivity and poise!
DAVID HAVENS

United States

#7 Nov 12, 2007
EXCELLENT ARTICLE. VERY TOUCHING. GIVES EVERYONE HOPE THAT IT'S NEVER TOO LATE. PEOPLE DO MAKE MISTAKES, UNFORTUNATELY, SOME A LOT BIGGER THAN OTHERS. WHO'S TO JUDGE, THEIR FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I.
WHY CAN'T WE HELP OUR KIDS BEFORE THEY GET INTO TROUBLE? WHY CAN'T WE HAVE THESE PEOPLE GO TO SCHOOLS TO TELL THE KIDS THAT THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET ON DRUGS AND YOUR LIFE GETS AWAY FROM YOU?
Najiyyah

Cincinnati, OH

#8 Nov 12, 2007
Debra Turner Trice proves that friendship can be strong and enduring. While Debra Trice is being punished for her crime, she is at the same time being rewarded with Debra Turner Trice's caring and attention, academics who contribute to her building a foundation for her life and, hopefully fellow convicts who can share in her positive growth and development. This is a great story of how resilient we all are. Bless you Debra Turner Trice.
Cheyenne Ann

United States

#9 Nov 12, 2007
David, I don't think the message would reach enough kids. Unfortunately, some just have to experience hitting bottom for themselves to understand. You're right-judging is something we cannot do because you never expect it and when it hits you personally, it's like a ton of bricks.

The sad part is that some of these kids are bright. They know right from wrong, so the poor environment excuse doesn't work. to twist what dirtyblues said, "What a waste of potential"
Cndynvk

Dallas, TX

#11 Nov 12, 2007
Thank you Debra for a beautiful article on the reality of life, friendship, forgiveness and faith. You choose to stay instead of run. God put you both in a place to find and help each other again and reach out with your words to others with a life lesson to not abandon those who love and have loved. God bless you both and thank you both for sharing with us.
Terri

Harvey, IL

#12 Nov 12, 2007
No, OJ is a thug - one who has never accepted responsibility, asked for forgiveness, or paid the price. Sadly, most people , all races/colors, under the influence commit acts they would never dream of sober. Debra's story is one of redemption, hope, forgiveness. Thank you for an very touching story.
Bill

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Nov 12, 2007
Nice story. Is it just me or did anyone notice that they have the same last name Trice? Was this for the article or is it a typo?
Dienne

United States

#14 Nov 12, 2007
Bill wrote:
Nice story. Is it just me or did anyone notice that they have the same last name Trice? Was this for the article or is it a typo?
According to the first part of the article, the author's maiden name is Dawn Turner. She later married a man who is not related to Debra Trice but who has the same last name. Weird coincidence.
JMS

Bloomingdale, IL

#15 Nov 12, 2007
No, the columnist married someone who just happened to have the same name.
Retired Pastor

United States

#16 Nov 12, 2007
Thanks for a fine article. 15 years ago I was called to a home where a member of my congregation had murdered his wife. I have visited him regularly since, although I am now retired. This man had children, twins 8 months old, son 4 and daughter 7. He has not seen them since that fateful day. He is a college grad. and does some teaching in the correctional facility.
Don't wait five years to see your friend...she needs you.
Do not publish this piece.
Sue

United States

#17 Nov 12, 2007
Friendship, forgiveness, yep, great stuff. dirtyblues says that Debra is not special but I disagree: the point of the article is that of the many 'thugs' out there, here's one that is attempting to redeem her life. That's no waste of skin!

I hope it's contagious. I hope she writes a book someday and reaches others before they hit bottom.
JAA

United States

#18 Nov 12, 2007
Bill wrote:
Nice story. Is it just me or did anyone notice that they have the same last name Trice? Was this for the article or is it a typo?
The article on Sunday said that it was a coincidence that the author married someone whose last name is Trice but not related to the subject in the article.
screw-dirty-blue s

Gwinn, MI

#19 Nov 12, 2007
People who say outrageously dumb stuff to hear themselves talk are wastes of skin also...
Minnie E Miller

Chicago, IL

#20 Nov 12, 2007
What a wonderful account of events, clear, subject as much as objective. Still the friendship is obvious.
drew

Woodridge, IL

#22 Nov 12, 2007
Im sure Raymond, had he not been blown up by a shotgun operated by a crack head, would think it was touching too.

The thing is, she killed someone. Maybe touching words and prose can gloss over that. Maybe Raymond wasnt an angel himself. That doesnt matter. What matters is that she is behind bars, hopefully, for the rest of her life...(She cant have children? thank God.)
Minnie E Miller

Chicago, IL

#23 Nov 12, 2007
Bill wrote:
Nice story. Is it just me or did anyone notice that they have the same last name Trice? Was this for the article or is it a typo?
Dawn clearly stated that they were not related, she just happened to have married a man with the same last name.

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