I believe we had the best attendance we have had in several years for the Holy Week at the First Baptist Church in Elkins.
The pastors' messages were so timely and each one talked about the significance of each day according to the events that happened during Holy Week when Jesus was betrayed and crucified.
Several women from the local churches did a marvelous job with lunch. We want to thank them for all the hard work. Thank you to the Rev. Marvin Parli and the First Baptist Church for hosting the services.
I spoke and talked about betrayal and forgiveness. Jesus was betrayed by Judas before the Feast of Passover at the Last Supper in John 13:21-31.
I told the story about my mother passing away Feb. 19, of this year and how I felt betrayed by my siblings. My mother was only sick nine days that we knew about before she died. My husband and I had the honor of caring for her during those nine days. I can't begin to thank the Lord enough for allowing me to be with her during that time. I never thought I would ever be able to do it, but the Lord gave us the grace to do it and I will be eternally grateful for that.
The most precious thing happened the day before she died. She was in a hospital bed in her home and she called me to come in and talk to her. The first thing she said was, "Sue, what is going to happen and what am I suppose to do?" I said, "Mother, you are going to close your eyes and your heart will stop beating and Jesus will come and get you and take you to Heaven, and when you get there my dad and your mother will be waiting for you."
Then she said to me, "That's just the way it's got to be, that's just the way it's got to be." Then she looked up at me and said, "Sue, there is someone standing over you and it looks like a boy with white hair!" I said to her, "Mother that is your angel waiting to take you home!" That was the last conversation we had! Within the next several hours she was gone.
It has been one of the hardest things I have ever been through, but God is so faithful and I wouldn't take anything for the experience.
Then the drama began. I always thought my siblings and I were very close. We never fought as children, and really never had any situation that would cause us to be angry with each other, but I was accused of several things that I did not do! Anyway, I have had to walk through forgiveness toward them like I never have experienced before. They are still not speaking to me. After I spoke at the church I had several people come up to me and tell me they experienced the very same thing.
In John 20:13, Jesus told His disciples, "If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven; if you retain the sins of any they have been retained." The most important thing in all of our lives is forgiveness. It is not easy, but important if we want to be forgiven. I have walked through this for almost two months and I still have unforgiving thoughts, but I have chosen to forgive and one day the thoughts will be gone.
In fact, I really choose to bless them and pray for them.