I re-wrote this email a few times.
Every time I’d start, I’d stop.
I kept thinking to myself, “It’s ridiculous you’re still thinking about what happened. It’s not a big deal.”
But I know that’s the enemy. And I know this particular story has a purpose even if I’m not sure what it is yet.
You see, back in March 2019, a friend sat across from me at a coffee shop and told me words my heart had been longing to hear. They were words filled with hope and an answered prayer I had been waiting to see come to pass for a long time.
Now it’s December 2020, and their words haven’t come to pass at all. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve grieved the words that were spoken to me, and I was even confused why God would allow those words to be uttered to me knowing how much I was going to cling to them.
But as I sit and write this letter to you, I find comfort in knowing I’m not alone. We all have had unmet expectations and painful memories. There are many of us who have had relationships fail, friends walk away, and family who gave up. There’s work that needs to be done to heal from the pain that has been done to us.
Our next study is called Forgiving What You Can’t Forget: Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life That's Beautiful Again by Lysa TerKeurst. I’d love nothing more than to see you on Day 1 of the study. It begins Tuesday, January 19.
You may have a story similar to Lysa’s or maybe your story is similar to mine – words filled with promise ended up just being empty words. Whatever your forgiveness story is, it’s welcome here. It’s relative. It’s meaningful, and I’d love to walk alongside you as we figure out our own forgiveness journey.
So, will you join me?
The six-week study may be messy, and it may be hard, but we’ll be able to take a few steps toward creating a life that’s beautiful again.