May 20: A Beautiful Warrior

In 2004, Eric Strauss, an ABC News producer for the network’s Primetime series, traveled to Texas to profile Bridget Kelly.  Two years earlier, at age 24, Kelly had been the victim of a brutal attack in which she was kidnapped, raped, shot repeatedly, and left for dead.  She miraculously survived her ordeal and became an advocate for victims of sexual violence.

Kelly eventually left Texas to attend New York University.   One day, she and Strauss met for a friendly lunch.  Their friendship soon blossomed into something more.

On July 7, 2012—10 years after the horrific attack that changed her life—Bridget Kelly married Eric Strauss in an interfaith ceremony in Manhattan.  During the wedding, Kelly told Strauss, “I knew from our first times spent together that you were smart and funny and caring…You listen.  You accept me for who I am and make me feel safe and happy.”

Strauss told his bride, “You revealed yourself to be a beautiful warrior the second I met you.  With your elegance, insightfulness, and compassion, you inspire me to be better.”

It’s amazing how God can bring love out of tragedy.

Love bears all things.  (1 Corinthians 13:7)

Help me rediscover hope after tragedy, Jesus.

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  • Wonderful story. Poor girl. Don’t know how she survived that tragedy. I hope she’s lucky now and will have a lot of children together with her husband. Wondering where you get such kind of stories. I believe the kidnapper is in prison? Love the stories. But it’s better to be without tragedies at all.