How incredible it is when we find new tools we can use in our SaveOne classes. We love it and want to share with you when we find these little nuggets. We want you to be even more successful than you already are! So we will always send you things we find to enhance what you’re doing. If you want to use these tools you can, if not then don’t feel like you have to. It’s just good to see what other chapter leaders are doing sometimes.
This month I wanted you to hear from Jody Duffy, our SaveOne chapter leader down near Atlanta. She is not only former military and served our country well, but is now doing a fantastic job leading classes through her pregnancy center. I met Jody at a training I taught in North Carolina! 🙂 God has a way of getting His people to find each other. So enjoy this beautiful poem she wrote after the class she is teaching finished Chapter 7 in the SaveOne study…It’s titled, “Younger You”.
Forgiving the ‘Younger You’
Dear younger me,
I knew you back then, the fear and confusion that faced you my friend.
The choice that you made, you would not if you’d known, you’d suffer such pain and such anguish alone.
Forbidden your sorrows were. You could not show, or talk of your heartache to friend or to foe.
You thought that the burden alone you did bear, with no comprehension that God was right there.
When looking upon you through time distance spent, I view someone broken, dejected, and bent.
I weep for your spirit, which crushed by the sting of a self- loathing mindset that damage would bring.
As I look at you now through the eyes of the years, I observe all your torments and sorrowful tears.
I choose to forgive you, I do, younger me. For without forgiveness mine eyes cannot see.
The beauty of pardon and graces God gave you, hold close to your heart and your spirit renew.
So, let us arise from the ashes together and join once again to be one in the same, and put to rest, we must, the guilt and the shame.
Oh you who were me in a time long ago, I love and forgive you as I watch your heart grow.
Let us join one another from here on forever to love and respect who we are. A child of God who is loved and is cherished, bright and as brilliant as a star.