Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cardboard testimonies

First, watch this.

Powerful, no? I thought so.

This is what we did in church last night. Pastor Betsy only preached for maybe 5 minutes, connecting cardboard testimonies to the end of Romans 8. "No, in all these things we are more than conquerers through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor no the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:37-38). She said that by preaching on it, she could only bring it down, because the words are so perfect and so powerful. As good of a preacher as Pastor Betsy is, I have to say, no one can outdo the Apostle Paul's words in this text.

So, instead of a sermon, we heard her husband's testimony about his fall into and recover from drugs and alcohol, and it was a great testimony to the power of God in one man's life.

Then, about 10 people on the church staff came up to the front and gave cardboard testimonies. Someone I love dearly, whom I won't name, wrote "From the abusive hands of my dad to the loving hands of Jesus." One of the pastors, who is very open about his struggles, had "Clinical depression/Hope and healing." I almost cried, and I'm not a big crier. It was amazing.

Pastor Betsy asked us to let her know if we would like to share our own cardboard testimonies, and I emailed her to let her know that I would. What would mine say? I'm not 100% sure.

"ASD/GAD/Depression-NOS/SPD/ED-NOS/OCD/TS/panic attacks...

"A lifetime of doubt...

"The whole alphabet and then some...

...created uniquely and loved by Jesus."

What would yours say?

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