When a Firefighter Is at the Scene of an Accident, It’s Not Usually Like This…

Sixteen years ago, youth pastor Erik Fitzgerald was married to June. As Erik continued in ministry, the couple’s connections to the community got deeper. So the fact that he has breakfast with Matthew Swatzell frequently to talk about work and home life and God isn’t peculiarly surprising. What is surprising is that their friendship started five years ago…after Matthew fell asleep at the wheel and collided head on with Erik’s wife, daughter and unborn son. Don’t miss this story of faith, forgiveness and friendship!

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.