Man Has Message For Wife's Attacker

The cards continue to pile up at the Michaels house. Ralph Michaels still has bandages on his ear and arms. Scars, memories from last week's assault. His wife of 50 years, Mattie, has remained in the hospital since police say Stanley Stander Jr. broke in, beat the couple and left them tied up and bleeding. Ralph says it's difficult for him to sleep at night.
"my prayer is for my wife mostly that she gets better quickly," he says.

It's still too hard for the 72 year old talk about the attack. But when it comes to the man charged,
he says, " It's very hard not to feel some anger. But then as a Christian you must feel some outreach to him."

Ralph and Mattie ministered to people like Stander daily at the Salvation Army. Ralph had this message to his accused attacker.
"Stanley you're OK in my mind like I told you when you were attacking me I think there something good in you somewhere and God will find that."

But the big concern for the Michaels family is that their prayers will be answered and Mattie Michaels will come home.


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  • by joanna Location: harrodsburg,ky on Jun 10, 2007 at 07:44 PM
    I am not as forgiving. Put that that low life SOB in a hole somewhere. It seems like every day there is a new story of an elderly person being attacked. I am in favor of a public lynhing. Maybe that would make the next one think twice before they try it.
  • by Ashley Location: Morehead on Jun 9, 2007 at 06:19 PM
    It is brave to follow the bible in todays time and forgive those who hurt us. God will reward you Ralph and Mattie in heavan, besides there is enough hatred in this world
  • by JS Location: London KY on Jun 9, 2007 at 05:15 PM
    God bless you, Mr. & Mrs. Michaels. It is so sad that people in the world are so mean & nasty. It takes the love of God to forgive someone for something like that and obviously you have it in your heart. I pray that Mrs. Michaels gets well soon and that justice will be served for the person who did that to you.
  • by Lee Location: West Virginia on Jun 9, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    We are praying for Ralph & Mattie, may the Lord continue to work in your lives. You are an example of a true Christian.
  • by johnny Location: evarts ky on Jun 8, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    iraq is where he needs to be and the rest of any one els who would something like this our prayers are with them hope they get well soon may god bless them
  • by Anonymous Location: stanton on Jun 8, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    You are a wonderful person to be so forgiving. This world needs more of you in it. But I must agree with Jack, if this boy is such a bad acting kid, send him over to a real fight. I don't think he could handle it; he isn't that bad. Apparently he only has the nerve to attack people who cannot fight back, he'd probably crawl into a corner if he had to fight like a real man.
  • by Becca Location: Indiana on Jun 8, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    What a heartbreaking story. Something so bad to happen to such wonderful people. They will be blessed for the life they lead and we can only wish that more people on this earth had the spirit of Ralph & Mattie.
  • by mje Location: lexington on Jun 8, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    You are such a kind and forgiving man, it is no wonder God chose you to spread his word. God bless you and your wife.
  • by Del Location: Pikeville on Jun 8, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    I agree with Jack. Send this kind to Iraq to fight. But this type would probably switch over to the emeny.
  • by GAYNELL Location: MANSFIELD,OHIO on Jun 8, 2007 at 04:59 AM
    I AM PRAYING FOR LOVING FORGIVING FAMILY, GOD BLESS YOU.
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