I post one of these every Tuesday. Don’t stop me. I’m on a roll. This week we honor Carl and Raylene Worthington, of Clackamas County in Oregon:
OREGON CITY, Ore. (CBS/AP) Their prayers to save their dying daughter went unanswered. But an Oregon jury has shown mercy on an Oregon couple on trial for using prayer instead of medicine in their failed attempt to save their 15-month-old girl.
Carl Worthington was convicted of criminal mistreatment Thursday, a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a year in jail. His wife, Raylene Worthington, walked free.
The couple had faced manslaughter and criminal mistreatment charges, the former carrying up to 10 years in jail.
The Worthingtons are members of a Followers of Christ, a small church that shuns conventional medicine in favor of faith healing. The couple was accused of using prayer and faith healing rituals such as “laying on of hands” instead of medicine to heal their increasingly ill child.
What is so heart-warming about this case is the love and concern shown by the parents and other church members, who gathered around to watch Ava Worthington die. I salute the jury for showing mercy in a situation where Jesus chose to show none. Little Ava is with Jesus now, actually dead.