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Healing and Moving On

September 22, 2010 - Cheryl Clarke

First of all, congratulations to Katey Raymond of Canton for answering the question about author Andy Andrews correctly and winning a copy of his new book "The Heart Mender."

The book, all about the healing power of forgiveness, leads me to my topic for this month's blog.

This weekend I will have the honor of speaking at the Endless Mountains Pregnancy Care Center's Fall Banquet in Canton along with MU science prof Tony Kiessling.

We were invited to give our testimonies on how certain traumatic events in our lives have affected us, though Tony's, who was born as the result of his mother being raped, is a bit different than mine, which will also touch on the healing power of Christ in my recovery after being raped as a teenager and then undergoing an abortion, also as a teen.

Though I know it will be tough to stand up and tell my story to a large group, the biggest one in the history of the banquet, so I have been told by its director, Shellie Gerould, I know people are praying for me, and for that I am so grateful. I can literally feel their prayers encouraging me as I progress through this week toward Saturday night.

But I am still nervous, as I have never told my story to that large of an audience before, and I am starting to experience something I haven't felt in a long time - stage fright.

As a singer in my church and in various singing groups for many years, I had learned to overcome that particular nervous feeling through repetition, but it was always with a group, and I never shared my "secrets" with anyone while I was up there. This time it is totally different. I will be baring my soul to the "world" so to speak, and it is starting to sink in just what I have agreed to do.

My biggest concern is that I not bring reproach to the name of my Savoir, but that I will be a blessing to my listeners, and that they will feel the encouragement that I mean to bring to those who may be harboring similar "secrets" about their own lives, whether the events took place long ago, like what happened to me, or more recently.

I am realizing that the healing I will be speaking of is an ongoing process, and as I do this thing I feel the Lord is prompting me to do, it will be one more step in that healing process, and as with all things in this journey of life, it will help me to take another step toward God's plan and purpose for my life, and I believe it will become clearer as I move forward, in the forgiveness and blessing of the Lord.

Prayers are appreciated.


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