Last year I wrote a fairly stinging post regarding some hurtful experiences dealing with “the church”. While I never named names, if you run in my circle of friends and acquaintances, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who I was referring to. Those words were mostly written out of hurt and frustration.
And, while I do stand by some of the points I made, it wasn’t right for me to single out people quasi-anonymously. Especially since the hurtful circumstances most happened behind closed doors.
Several weeks ago we attended Liberty Church after Danielle shot a wedding there for a friend the day before. Pastor Lon Williams reached out to Danielle and just wanted to let us know we were loved and missed. We hadn’t attended Liberty Church in almost a year and a half.
As fate would have it, if you subscribe to fate, the topic of the sermon was forgiveness and relationships. God sure does have a sense of humor. After the sermon I was able to briefly connect with Lon and some other friends and things felt “right in the world” again, if you will.
Our family was welcomed so graciously, even though I had been less than gracious in my dealings and words regarding the offending situation.
Which leads me to this post.
To Lon Williams, Jay Smith and Dan Fitzgerald, in particular, I would like to publicly apologize and ask for your forgiveness. Looking back I can see where you were trying to be helpful, and I really do appreciate that.
I know I certainly can’t undo what has been done, but I’m hoping this will be a good start. I love you and am so thankful God has blessed you and continues to use you in more ways than you know.