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  1. Al says:

    Good stuff.

    I’m going into this Trial clinging to Jesus, despite all the reasons I have to completely reject Religion and the Church.

    …while recognizing there are lots of good folks under the Christian Tent and good men like yourself who make nothing from what you do, don’t get anything but heartburn from walking miles and miles with me and letting me vent and process and struggle through this terrible ordeal. You could have easily kicked me to the curb and made me a Pariah like my Pastor parents did, but you didn’t. That speaks more than any sermon ever preached. Thank you.

    I’ll admit, I’m scared to death. But I know what happened to me, I know the abuse I experienced, what I saw done to my brother. I know what many others reported to me. I know it isn’t right for a Church and a Pastor to sue me for speaking out and calling for justice and accountability and exposing the bad stuff instead of them dealing with it rightly when they were given many opportunities to do so over the years.

    I’ve lost a lot. Spent a ton of my own time and money. Lost relationships. But, I haven’t lost my soul or my conscience or self-respect and know that I did not succumb to one of the biggest bullies and abusers you will ever meet.

  2. Michael says:

    Alex,

    Keep your head down and keep plowing…the legacy of your perseverance will be worth the struggle.

  3. bob1 says:

    “It is in vogue now to believe the worst about everyone, only taking into account the negative.”

    Not trying to hijack the thread…but this made me think of what happened at a dinner in New York yesterday sponsored by the Roman Catholics.

    The Archbishop said afterward that Hillary and Donald said nice things about each other that he overheard…Hillary said no matter who wins the election, we all need to pull together…while Donald told Hillary she’s a tough and talented woman.

    “Blessed are the peacemakers”

  4. John 20:29 says:

    “Believe the best about others and have a positive outlook about the future, no matter what just happened to your head or your tail.” yes, but i believe our loving Father makes allowances for our screams and questions, too … it’s a fine line between honesty and rebellion, isn’t it?

  5. Michael says:

    Yes, He does…but when we’re always unhappy we say that he is a poor Father indeed.
    I’m more guilty of this than most…

  6. Paige says:

    Thank you my friend….and fellow cat lover..

    While I don’t think God forgets about my broken and painful places, I LOVED this:

    They choose to believe the best about me. Him….yes. The just shall live by Faith. … walking by Faith, not by sight, nor feeling.

    Hope Miss Kitty recovers 100% with no residual owies…

    Same for you.

  7. Paige says:

    God bless you and make His presence obvious to you, Alex.

  8. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paige!

  9. dusty says:

    Big brother, I appreciate you!!!

  10. dusty says:

    Al, still praying for you!

  11. dusty says:

    Paige, still praying with and for you for your boys.

  12. Paige says:

    Thank you Dusty….. my four sons are my continual prayer….

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