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Published On: Mon, Jan 18th, 2016

Rodney Gibson gets prayer not a ticket from Trooper Todd Durnil

An Indiana State police officer used powerful and humane discernment after pulling over a speeding semi and not issuing a ticket. Instead, the officer ultimately prayer with the man.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Todd Durnil told ABC News that when he pulled Rodney Gibson over, he appeared to be very upset and angry not about the traffic stop, but rather about “something else going on.”

As they talked, Gibson revealed he had just heard the news that his daughter, who was battling breast cancer, may only have a couple of months to live. Gibson did not realize that he was speeding down the highway.

Durnil explained that during the stop he struggled to “figure out a way to get through to” and which time Gibson saw an angel pin on Gibson’s sun visor, identical to one that he had.

The pin was from Gibson’s daughter whose cancer had metastasized after a six-year battle.

Durnil recalled that his first thoughts were that Gibson needed prayer and that he would have his family and church pray for him. He also decided that he was not going to give him a ticket or even a warning.

Gibson apologized and said, “I’m sorry, I usually don’t act this way, I’ve just been going through a lot.”

Durnil then asked Gibson if there was anything else he could do for him and Gibson told him, “Do you know how to pray?”

“Powerful thought. It was the Lord telling me this wasn’t directed at you. There was something else. There’s something going on in this man’s life and I need you to do something here,” the trooper told ABC affiliate WTKR.

Durnil knelt down, took Gibson’s hand and prayed. Both the men had tears in their eyes, Durnil said.

The following morning, Gibson thanked Durnil for his kindness.

“I hope everyone that hears about this is one more person that can pray for him and his family,” Durnil said.

Praying Hands (Betende Hände) by Albrecht Dürer

Praying Hands (Betende Hände) by Albrecht Dürer

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