Making a Difference

It is always reassuring to learn that what you are doing is making a difference in the lives of others.

I’m privileged to have had the opportunity to speak at a womens correctional centre earlier this year. So I was thrilled when I received this testimonial from the Prison Chaplain. – Sue 🙂

As a Prison Chaplain I had the privilege of attending the 2015 celebration of International Women’s Day at the Numinbah Correctional Centre where I heard Sue Henry share her story of how a senseless crime resulted in the death of her father.

Sue was open in telling of her painful journey in the weeks, months and years ahead where she had to deal with feelings of hate and bitterness towards those who had taken her father from her.

Sue shared how one day she came to the realisation that if she held on to these feelings she would continue to be locked in the past. With this realisation she made the choice to forgive. By choosing to forgive a healing took place within her that set her free from the bitterness she had carried. She told the women in attendance that forgiving wasn’t saying what was done was ok, but that forgiving means you choose to let go and no longer allow the person or the event to hold you captive back in the past.

Sue’s story impacted a lot of the women as they too could relate with her story. On talking with a number of them over the next few days and weeks they shared how they had also made the choice to forgive and with this choice felt a sense of freedom and hope for the future.Wendy Schuster

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