"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6
She was crumpled on the floor, her pale knees colored with the markings of the rug she knelt upon. She pulled her hands slowly down her face. The streaks of dry tears made white trails from her red rimmed eyes to her chin. “Do you believe me”, she asked in a soft voice. I looked her in the eyes, and responded back gently, “I believe you”! Her physical and emotional scars told her tale, with no words even needing to be spoken. Yet she just had to hear those words, she needed to know that she was not on her own. She needed to know that more than the courts could reveal, more than the scars could tell, that someone who loved her, believed her. The moment she heard that she was believed was the exact time she rendered a deep sigh from the core of her being. Barely audible a whisper escaped from her lips, “Thank You”.
The words “I believe you” are so powerful for a woman who has seen dark days. The effects of abuse, either emotional or physical can be enough to damper the light of hope within a person and make them feel they walk alone. When a woman at Acres of Hope finds the courage to begin reclaiming her voice, her worth, and declare that she is more valuable than what she has seen or experienced. Staff and mentors are there to help her find the courage to thrive. She will know she is supported, loved and believed.
You can be a part of breaking off the chains and cages of silence that some of our Acres of Hope families have lived in. You can be a voice of hope, a listening ear, or heart of love that breaks the strongholds of fear and reveals a story of victory.
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