At some point during the next few months, your pastor is likely to preach a message centered on the theme of forgiveness. When that happens, we encourage you to think of this incredible song and story. "Forgiveness"by Matthew West is based on a true story of Renee Napier, who lost her 20 year old daughter as a result of being hit by a drunk driver. The driver Eric Smallridge, age 24, was sentenced to 22 years in prison. It wasn't until Renee visited Eric in prison that she fully forgave him and eventually helped to get his sentenced reduced by 11 years.
The song "Forgiveness" is a powerful song on Matthew's newest album, Into The Light. Each song on this album was inspired by stories that his fans submitted to him.