Hollywood actor Tracy Morgan credits his faith in God for helping him move forward and continue on with his career after a brutal car accident three years ago left him with brain damage and the loss of his friend, Jimmy Mack.
He also explained how the power to forgive can only come from one source: God.
He was also asked about where he got his strength to overcome such a horrible tragedy. He said the hardest part about overcoming it was the forgiveness part of the equation. How can you forgive someone who killed one of your best friends? Morgan said it could only come from one place: God. He mocked the idea that it could come from anywhere else, singling out government as his primary target.
From the interview:
“The hardest part about all of this was forgiving that driver, and that’s even in [the Netflix special] and in a funny way. That was the hardest part of all of this, because if I didn’t do that we wouldn’t be sitting here talking. I couldn’t move forward if I ain’t forgive him.
I asked God for the strength. That’s the only way that strength come from. You ever had people do wrong to you? You ever forgave them? Where you think that kind of strength come from? The government? No.”
[It comes] from God. [He’s] the only one that can give you the strength to forgive those who trespass upon you.”
Morgan also said the accident actually made his faith stronger, not weaker. “It brought me closer, yeah, I guess you could say it made me a bit firmer in my belief. You can’t go through something like that and not change a bit. You can’t. There’s no way.”
According to Splitsider, a comedy website, Morgan’s special is about his attempt to find “the funny” after his near-fatal car accident in 2014.
This isn’t the first time Morgan has talked openly about his faith. Back in October, he ended a radio interview in prayer:
In June 2014, a truck driver’s fatigue led to a crash that severely injured Morgan and killed fellow comedian James McNair (Jimmy Mack). The trucker, Kevin Roper, reportedly drove 12 hours just to get to work, where he was scheduled to work an additional 14 hours. Morgan and his friends weren’t wearing seat belts, exacerbating their injuries.
“God has a way of showing you … He’s patient, He’ll show you … If you want to know, God will show you. If you want to know, just pray! Get close to him.”
Morgan’s special will air May 16th.
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