I remember when this happened. Just a bunch of high school kids doing pretty much the same thing I did in high school, except things went horribly wrong. I really feel for this young man, as I could have easily been in his shoes. I feel for the families of the dead and injured kids too. There really are no winners here, but they've taken the worst thing that could possibly happen and made something beautiful out of it. http://storylineblog.com/2013/03/08/this-is-what-forgiveness-looks-like/ This is What Forgiveness Looks Like On May 20, 2012, 18 year-old Takunda Mavima was driving home drunk from a party when he lost control and crashed his car into an off-ramp near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Riding in the car were 17 year-old, Tim See, and 15 year-old, Krysta Howell. Both were killed in the accident. Takunda Mavima lived. Mavima pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to between 30 months and 15 years in prison. Despite their unimaginable grief and anger, both the sister and the father of victim, Tim See, gave a moving address to the court on behalf of Mavima, urging the judge to give him a light sentence. I am begging you to let Takunda Mavima make something of himself in the real world dont send him to prison and get hard and bitter, that boy has learned his lesson a thousand times over and hell never make the same mistake again. And when the hearing ended, the victims family made their way across the courtroom to embrace, console, and publicly forgive Mavima. There will be a time in your life when someone will wrong you. God forbid they take the life of your child. But it will happen. And what matters most isnt how it happened, but how you respond to it. And if youre a person of faith, the calling is even greater. The gospel of forgiveness isnt a high calling for the heroic individual, or a counter-cultural description of heavenly perfection. It is a principle central to the gospel itself the very heart of our faith in which we are called to embody. In the swelling sea of human destruction, the little story of Takunda Mavima and a family from Michigan is a lighthouse on a hill, a beacon of hope, guiding the way for all our ships to pass through. Right now, how can you prepare yourself with a clear plan of action to forgive in the darkest of times?