This letter was written by a mother of one our graduates and I was touched by its honesty, hope and healing and thought I would share it with you . . .
As a mother it is hard to see your child suffer through pain and hurt, but even more hurtful is to realize you had contributed to that pain and hurt. But the Lord has a way of healing your hurts at the same time he’s working out His plan and purpose in my life and my daughter’s. Over the years, you watch and pray that what you think is going on is not because you don’t what to face the hurt. Pride keeps you from admitting that your daughter is caught up in a lifestyle that is going to kill her, drugs. Reality sets in when the Lord makes you face your fears and then will not let you do anything to help because He is developing something in you call Faith and Hope. For prideful people is easy to say I did this to help my daughter or I did that for my daughter but for the Lord to accomplish his plan and purpose in her life, He had to move me out of the way. He removed all of the security blankets for her to fall back on, because he was transforming her from a ugly caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. And only Jesus can do that with His Word. I watched and trusted Him as he took her through a life of rebellion, lies and distrust to someone who depends on Him and displays compassion for others because of what He did for her. In Romans 8:28 says that all things are working together (fitting into his plan) for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose. But then it says, that we are destined from the beginning to be molded to His image. That is what He is doing with and through my daughter. He is transforming her right before my eyes and that is a blessing to see.
Trusting in the God of hope who fills us with joy and peace as we trust in Him,
so that we will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
From Erica’s mom