I have always maintained that the abuse and betrayal I suffered in the institutional church was more painful than going through the experience of divorce. When people asked me to explain why, I was at a loss. But a couple of weeks ago (just before I started this blog) I suddenly understood why.
When I went though the rejection and abandonment surrounding my divorce, the people of the church rallied around me. They showed me their love and support and proved to me time and again how much they cared.
But when I turned to my church family after I’d been bullied and abused by respected church leaders, pretty much no-one wanted to know me. I was shunned, a troublemaker who just needed to shut up and go away.
And that is when I turned to the internet. It is here I discovered that my experience was not unique and that what I experienced is the textbook treatment of those who dare to tell the truth that something is wrong. It was here I received affirmation, encouragement and healing.
So that is why I write this blog - to add my voice of support for those feeling so alone and abandoned. As much as I’d love to reach scores of people with my words, if I only touch one life, I’ll be satisfied. Because mine was ‘only one life’ – and I’m grateful!