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ron,ar    Posted 09-07-2007 at 18:45:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did not set out to tell that story. I never feel comfortable talking about it and we are still dealing with it. A minister/preacher should never quit without good cause (in Gods eyes especially) and I believe I was justified. I miss preaching, those were the most fulfulling days of my life. I do not always like where I am at times and sometimes I don't like myself at all.
I felt I needed to bring some things out as my posts do not always bear out the Christian in me. I do not use what happened as an excuse, but sometimes events happen that change people.
I don't want or need sympathy, but do appreciate your kind words. I hope never to bring this subject up again either. I have been here several years and wanted to tell this every time someone brings up some news story about child abuse.I just never thought it was the right time or place but tonight it did I guess. Thanks and I hope to put it back in the dark corners of my mind again. Anyway, thanks again and on to better country subjects hopefully :^)

CathySD    Posted 09-08-2007 at 09:29:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
You gave me lots to think about this morning. I was a victim when I was little, but it involved an older brother (actually it happened with two different brothers, once when I was about 5 and then when I was about 10).

I never told my parents. I think I didn't really understand what had happened at the time- mostly because of my age and it was someone I trusted. Then when I got older and understood, I realized though it would help me to tell, I always felt it would cause too much pain for my parents.

Anyway, my point is I think the one person you need to forgive is yourself. Even if we try to be the best parents we can, we are only human and things happen. Our great adversary is sneaky, and knows the best disguises, and we are no match for him.


Hollie    Posted 09-08-2007 at 06:13:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
ron, I got in on the tailend of this discussion. but I wanted you to know that like mike said, we all support you in any way we can...

now you know why i guard Eme so fast and hard. perhaps some day she'll put my fears to rest when she is older and can finally break away from the horrible living conditions she has had growing up...i hope my fears are false.


Dieselrider    Posted 09-08-2007 at 05:48:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Ron,
I just want to say that I can understand somewhat where you are at. I used to be active in Church and have been going through my own "crisis of faith" the last few years. I am not going into the whole story here but, I can understand where you are coming from.

banjo    Posted 09-07-2007 at 23:01:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife was abused by her dad. I have never met the man nor do i ever want to. I think it is best i never see him. Several states between us.

Birdygrl    Posted 09-07-2007 at 20:28:55       [Reply]  [No Email]


Joe...    Posted 09-07-2007 at 20:01:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron, my friend, my comments remain as before. Ping me if you wish, though I'm certian that you know in your heart the answers better than I ever could.


Sid    Posted 09-07-2007 at 19:18:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ron, as a fellow child of God I feel compelled to ask this question. Does God uncall one, that he has called to preach his word? Not meant for debate, but sharing a question I have reason to ask myself often.

ron,ar    Posted 09-07-2007 at 19:26:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sid, I have struggled with that question for these long years. Even tried to convince myself He never called me to begin with but in my heart I knew better. I just knew I could not teach nor preach forgiveness if I did not practice it myself, especially in this case. It is as if I fail our son somehow if I forgive this thing in my heart, and I cannot let it go.

Sandspur    Posted 09-07-2007 at 19:03:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ron,ar - you have my respect for your integrity and courage. The abuse of children and the cover up of that abuse is something I cannot forgive also.


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