Imagine…the silence as a teacher and the janitor run into the cafeteria yelling, “Get on the floor! Cover your heads!”
Imagine…the fear as you crouch under a table covering your head, and hear a fellow student scream, “They have guns! Everybody run!”
Imagine…the sudden pain as someone tramples on your hands while you crawl out from under the table, desperately trying to escape.
Imagine…your heart racing as you run up a long staircase while the first gunshots ring out.
Imagine…the confusion because you don’t know where to run or what to do, but you know you have to make a choose, and pray you’ll make the right one.
Imagine…the echo of gunshots chasing you down a long hallway.
Imagine…praying as you run, and feeling peace come over you.
Imagine…the relief as you push open a door to the outside and take in a breath of fresh air.
Imagine…the shock as you realize one of your best friends is still inside, and the horror as you learn she will not come out alive.
Imagine…feeling gratitude for the teacher who warned you of danger and gave his life to save yours.
Imagine…praying for strength to forgive those two boys–who took all those lives–so this dark day won’t cast a shadow over yours.
Imagine…the desire to tell your story and touch people deep in their hearts, compelling them to seek and grant forgiveness, and respect and cherish life and those within it.
Imagine…the sense of triumph when you’re eventually able to glean a message of hope from a day of tragedy.
Written by Lauren Bohn, titled “Forgiveness”, a story from The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope and Love.