In a remarkably magnanimous act, a pastor named Darrin Ray forgave a $2.5 million debt that was owed to him by a drunk driver. Ray, whose story has been featured on both the video testimony series "I Am Second" as well as in the Christian Post, lost his leg in the tragic accident.
In August of 2006, Ray and his daughter were driving to church when a drunk driver crossed the center line and struck them head-on traveling at 60 mph. While his daughter escaped with just scratches, Ray was trapped in the car with multiple broken bones, profuse bleeding, and burns from the car's battery acid that was spilling onto him.
After paramedics extracted him with the Jaws of Life, Ray spent weeks in the hospital recovering from his injuries, eventually losing his leg to amputation. But the pastor said his biggest struggle was with resentment in his heart towards the man who caused the accident.
All that changed when he walked into the courtroom and saw the 49-year-old who had nearly killed him. Testifying that God had "softened his heart," Ray shocked the presiding judge by asking to forgive the outstanding debt.
"The judge looked at me and said, ‘Why do you want to forgive this man that debt?'" he said. "And I looked at that judge, and I told him, ‘Because I have a Savior that forgave me. He paid my debts that I could never repay.'"
However unlikely it may have been that Ray would have ever been able to recover the amount in damages, he claims that what he received was far better.
"When I forgave that man, I was instantly freed from bitterness and anger," Ray continued. "When you truly think about how much Christ has forgiven you, it helps you to forgive others who have wronged you. Now, I'm able to walk in freedom and wholeness."
He now serves as a minister to the disabled and elderly.
Darrin Ray's full "I Am Second" testimony: