2003 Monthly Letter
Partner In Ministry,
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father
of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us
in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to comfort
those who are in any affliction, wtih the comfort witih which
we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:34
I literally saw this verse come alive!
was during the womens session of a Weekend attended
by 86 women.
had just finished teaching on Colossians 2:13 that "God
makes us alive to forgive others" just as He forgives
a small post-it note, the women wrote the name or description
of a person they desired to forgive from some past affliction.
they trekked outside to a swallow hole in the ground. One
by one, each woman lingered, whispered a prayer, and dropped
the crumpled paper into the hole.
I stood praying: "Lord, make each alive to forgive and comfort
each in whatever affliction she may have."
a petite, white haired woman, paused by the pit, hesitantly
dropped her paper, backed away and began to weep uncontrollably.
Another woman quickly came to her side, embraced her, comforted
her, and wept affectionately with her. I joined them and wept
composing herself, Karen, in broken sentences blurted out,
"I just forgave-the killer-of my daughter-who 33 years
ago-brutally murdered her! It is unsolved. God gave me the
strength-to forgive a person-whose name I don't know-whose
face I've never seen!"
afterwards, Anna Mae stepped up, repeated the same "pit" procedure,
and was comforted this time by two women. I responded similarly
as with Karen.
sobs, Anna Mae sputtered, "I finally forgave her!
Thirteen years ago a woman shot and killed my son! Today,
God allowed me to release her and the anger I've had toward
escorted her to Karen and said, "You two have something
tragic in common." After they shared their horrendous
history, I went on to say, "Your Heavenly Father empathizes
with each of you. He, too, had a grown offspring murdered!"
They both replied, "That's right. I've never thought of
Jesus' death in that way before!" Frankly, neither had
above Scripture was fulfilled. God was comforting them.
They were comforting one another with the same comfort
they themselves were being comforted! What an amazing sight
to behold! Karen said, "Together we can get past the hatred
we have felt for 13 and 33 years!"
God is an empathizing, comforting God. May you and I experience
Him in these ways in our own times of affliction so we may
comfort others in their times, too!
support of this Ministry brings God's upbuilding comfort to
those in affliction. Thank you! !