Over the last couple of years, I have publicly and privately expressed a lot of pain. I have not wavered from sharing my struggles. I have ranted and raved. I have shaken my fist. I have stomped my feet like a petulant child–literally and on the pages of this blog.
Occasionally, I have been asked to speak and share my story. At times I have chosen to offer help to those who hurt too. Sometimes, my message was more about what not so say and how to treat those who are suffering. At this point in my life, I am never more excited than when I get to share what God has done in the redemption, restoration, and reconciliation of my life. Better yet, I am thrilled when I have the chance to help people see hope–to know that God can redeem not just their souls from sin, but that He can and does redeem their stories.
We all have a story. Some of us can’t escape the knowledge of our stories, they are ever before us. Some of us are blessed to have stories of far less drama and tragedy than others. But all of us have a story. We each have a story of sin and the broken life that follows. We have a story of loneliness and despair. We have a story of _________________ (I’ll let you fill in the blank).
We each have a story, but no matter what yours is or isn’t, here’s hope: There is no story too horrific or too ugly for God to redeem.
Not a single one.
No matter the details.
No matter the guilt.
No matter the shame and embarrassment.
No matter the consequences still yet to be faced.
Not a single one.
Yours, like mine, can be redeemed.
Beauty can be found again.
Although different from before, life can be resumed once more.
In today’s post, I’d like you to notice the tag line has changed to be more reflective of where I am on this journey…
From the crash and burn of destruction and despair to a posture embracing redemption, restoration, and reconciliation, this is my journey of leaning on the gospel of grace…
And lean I do… For where I lean, I find hope!
For those who walked this journey with me, a million billion gazillion thanks. Yours is a story worthy of telling and telling soon!
In the meantime, the following links are the beginnings of Desperately Wanting To Believe Again.
If you choose to stop reading here, Happy Easter! It is a season of hope!
Les Ferguson, Jr.
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