Anger | Bitterness | Chemical Abuse | Forgiveness | Hate | Repentance | Revenge

This past summer the Columbus Dispatch carried a story about a couple from Hopkinsville, Kentucky whose son was killed by a drunk driver: For more than two years, Frank and Elizabeth Morris dedicated their lives to punishing the drunken driver who had killed their only child. Driven by hatred, they monitored his every court appearance, followed him to the county jail to make sure he was serving his weekend sentence and watched his apartment to try to catch him violating his probation. “We wanted him in prison,” Mrs. Morris said. “We wanted him dead.” Tommy Pigage, the young man who caused the fatal crash still gets a lot of attention from the Morrises. They drive him to church twice a week and often set a place for him at their dinner table. Unable to find satisfaction through revenge, the couple recently decided to forgive Pigage and try to rebuild his life along with their own. “The hate and bitterness I…

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