Monty Williams was the picture of strength and forgiveness Thursday as he celebrated the life of his wife Ingrid, who died following a car accident on February 10. At the funeral, Williams gave a powerful speech about forgiveness for the woman who lost control of her car causing the accident. The driver of the other car, Susannah Donaldson, died as well.
The video above is truly amazing. The Oklahoma City Thunder assistant gave an incredible eulogy for the woman he loved, and clearly felt the way to honor his wife was to forgive the woman who caused the accident.
He began his closing with this:
I want to close with this, and I think it’s the most important thing we need to understand. Everyone is praying for me and my family. Which is right. But let us not forget that there were two people in this situation. And that family needs prayer as well, and we have no ill will towards that family. In my house, we have a sign that says, ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ We cannot serve the Lord if we don’t have a heart of forgiveness.
That family didn’t wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard. It is very hard, and that was tough, but we hold no ill-will toward the Donaldson family. And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family because they grieve as well.
So let’s not lose sight of what’s important. God will work this out, my wife is in heaven. God loves us. God is love.
And that, folks, is how you handle a crippling personal tragedy with strength, love and class. Kudos to Monty Williams and his family not only for being strong but also for showing forgiveness.