That’s the only way to describe what happened in a Dallas courtroom Wednesday.
If you pay attention at all to the news, you know what I’m talking about, of course: the hug seen around the world.
The hug, as you know, followed an amazing gesture of forgiveness that nobody — absolutely nobody — saw coming.
Here’s how it played out on the front page of today’s Dallas Morning News, the local newspaper that has covered this story so well from start to finish.
I was driving home from Harding University — the Searcy, Ark., college where Botham Jean earned his accounting degree — when I stopped for gas and briefly checked Twitter.
That’s when I learned that Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer convicted of murder in Jean’s 2018 shooting death, had been sentenced to 10 years in prison. She had faced five to 99 years in prison.
I learned, too — and this part was more surprising — that Jean’s younger brother, Brandt, had made an incredible victim impact statement in which he forgave Guyger, urged her to follow Jesus Christ and then asked to hug her.