2006 Monthly Letter
numbers don't count...
said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall
set you free."
congregation was small. Easter vacation time made it smaller.
So had illnesses. The numbers kept dropping. The pastor apologized
for the low attendance. I assured him "where 2 or 3 are
gathered, He IS there."
My sermon title was "The Vowels of Effective Forgiveness."
Each vowel represented an action to take to effectively forgive
someone who had wronged us. All were exemplified by Jesus'
last words on the cross.
I spoke on "a", which stood for "admit the pain
the offense caused you," a woman seated in the back pew
began to weep! I remember thinking, "Yikes, this is only
the first point of six. What will she be like at the end?"
continued to cry. At the "u", which stood for "unconditionally
release the offense and offender to Jesus," she along
with the few congregates, took a nail each had received upon
entering the sanctuary, walked forward and placed it on the
communion table-an outward action of inner release!
the service closed, I approached her and asked her if she
would be willing to tell what the Lord had done in her life.
She told me this story: My
father was a biker. He came to Christ and became a preacher.
He molested me and my younger sister for years. I have repressed
my deep pain for all these years! Hidden it as if it didn't
I could hardly believe my ears when you said that the first
step to forgiveness was to admit to yourself the pain that
was caused. Here was a 'preacher' clearly stating that it
was "OK" to admit the pain. The Holy Spirit was giving me
permission to be real after all these years of denial.
I slowly began admitting the pain of the past. It was freeing.
My tears started and just kept flowing. I can't tell you how
much I needed to hear this message. I thank the Lord for setting
me free! God is so awesome!"
Later she revealed her father's misconduct was discovered
and justice was served; yet until today, her pain remained.
It was encouraging to learn she had begun counseling with
the pastor. He joined us, having noticed her tears in the
service. Upon learning what had transpired, he stated, "This
is the major break-through we've prayed for."
Multitudes may be impressive to us, but to Jesus just one
you for allowing me to represent you in presenting "the
Truth that sets people free."