I just wanted to say that I was especially blessed by today's message "letting go of bitterness." The Lord has been moving in my heart over the course of the last several years in my relationship with my mom. Without going into much detail, I just wanted to say that today really spoke to my heart about the need to forgive and let go. As I was walking through the prayer that Greg was leading us through, I wept in grief because part of my letting go is realizing that mom wasn't and will probably never be the mom that I need.
During service, I was sitting next to a couple that has been in our small group for the past 4 years and who were one of the first couples we met when we came to the Vineyard around 10 years ago. I scooted closer to her and she put her arm around me and just prayed and loved on me. What an amazing example of God's love and care for me. God has been so good to put women in my life who have nurtured and spoken the words of encouragement and blessing to me that I haven't received from my own mom. Now I can continue to pray that my mom can also experience Jesus and release her to Him so that he can do the work he wants in her.
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