Immaculée Ilibagiza is a Rwandan American author and motivational speaker. She is also a Roman Catholic and Tutsi. Her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, is an autobiographical work detailing how she survived during the Rwandan Genocide. She was featured on one of Wayne Dyer's PBS programs, and also on a December 3, 2006 segment of 60 Minutes.
Immaculée shared her harrowing story of escaping genocide, while losing her family... and I marveled at her journey of resilience. I considered my own fear and anger in my own journey. And though I know that pain is not experienced by compassion, it was tempting to believe I'd not faced anything relative to her pain.
What was more gripping was her journey to forgiveness... of the people who murdered her people, her parents, her family.
Her commitment to live each day, knowing nothing is guaranteed, has brought a resolve to live each day with joy, seeing opportunity beyond herself.
God help me live my one and only life with faithfulness, embracing the opportunity in front of me. To embrace, forgive... to LOVE.