Pray Through History .. Heal the wounds of past.. personal and of the community! I invite you all to check this blog by James Orvis and benefit especially from this personal witness to a moving testimony.


In the summer of 2010, I was invited to be support person for a friend’s counseling session. Discovering an area of unresolved pain, the counselor suggested that my friend recount and forgive the exact words and phrases used by his father to control or manipulate him, and his gut responses to them. My friend chose to do so, releasing his dad with great specificity for these long past offenses, and acknowledging his own choice to respond with hatred. Imagine his shock when moments after this prayer, his estranged father calls him up to invite him to a baseball game?! We were all in awe of the moment!

For weeks after this amazing session, I wrestled with God about it — at first on a personal level, but as time passed I found it meshing with my lifelong interest in history. A larger picture began to take shape.

Over and over…

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