Losing Megan, by Oregon Judge Tom Kohl is a narrative of “hope, comfort, and forgiveness,” where what Satan intended for evil turned into a life-changing ministry of courageous faith and forgiveness. Although the narrative opens in the spring of 2011, the real story begins with a knock on the door, July 21, 2006.
Judge Kohl, accustomed to unexpected late-night visitors in need of his signature, opened the door to an officer and a woman from the victim’s assistance program. The man introduced himself as Detective Luke Streight. Judge Kohl noticed the detective swallowed hard before he heard the words no parent ever wants to hear, “Judge, Megan is dead.” KOMONews.com reports June 2007, “Murder-for-hire allegations surface in murder of judge's daughter” www.komonews.com/news/local/7835547.html
The Judge’s uncontrollable sobs drew his wife to the front door where they clung together and cried while the couple at the door waited for the storm of sobs to subside. Megan was the judge’s twenty-one-year-old daughter and Judge Kohl knew his prayers had been answered although not in the way he expected.
Many parents today face this tragic dilemma when their drug addicted children turn eighteen and they no longer have a say in their children’s lives just as it did in Judge Kohl’s family. However, his story has a different ending than most because of Megan’s brutal murder.
Although the murder prevented Megan from realizing her dream of helping and comforting the lost that first surfaced when she was ten-years-old and made business cards with her contact information that read, “If you need a friend, call, Megan.” Judge Kohl would be the one to fulfill her dream in unexpected ways.
The year before Megan’s murder Judge Kohl had helped establish the “first adult drug court” in Washington County, Oregon. There addicted offenders were connected to a high-intensity “treatment, counseling and accountability” program that gave addicts the opportunity for a fresh start. Washington (Oregon) County Drug Court YouTube: Judge Thomas Kohl and Duane Worley answer the question "What is the best way to keep young people away from drugs and alcohol?" www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbXQyiQVjwM
The narrative also includes Judge Kohl’s meeting with “the man who had brutally murdered his daughter.” It wasn’t a meeting the Judge wanted, yet he knew it was a “divine appointment,” orchestrated by God.
This riveting true story of God’s power, grace and forgiveness extended to others through those who walk with Him is compelling. Yet, it’s also a story of murder, reconciliation and restoration, of coping with the unimaginable that stays with the reader long after the book ends. The chapter “To the Reader” on forgiveness that completes the book is a must read and not one to miss!
‘Losing Megan: Finding…Forgiveness in the Midst of Murder’ by Tom Kohl, Westbow Press, 2012, 160 Pages, 978-1449776374, $13.99
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