As Pastors we preach this, but do we understand this? As Evangelicals we shout it from the rooftops, but do we allow it to settle in our hearts? We love to share this verse because it feels good.. good to say and great to hear.. we love it because by it a lot of shame is taken away; shame that otherwise we would not be able to walk out from under. I am a beneficiary of this declaration.. and by it I lead. I fight hard to look past 'pasts' and 'histories' in order to see what the Lord wants to do and how He desires to heal. I've had to walk through many vastly different seasons in order to finally see it, some extremely painful, but have learned. The Holy Spirit, given lead, has taught me to love the most difficult and root for the least likely, to weep with the hurting and bear with the broken and lost. We have allowed this culture of restoration to become a major part of our House, the Sanctuary.. we believe that the Lord has given us the same mandate He gave to David in the cave of Addulam - to receive all who come, raise them to love, to trust and to fear the Lord, to allow His Spirit to lead and perfect them and to obey even when the way makes little sense. To say that it has be easy would make me a liar and to say that it has been rewarding is an understatement.. I am honoured that the Lord has laid this upon us; to serve Him in this manner is pure joy - to watch a life, broken and distraught healed in a moment or to see one believing they've spent their life failing successfully completing God-given tasks.. nothing greater.. send the lost, the broken, the debtors, the doctors, the businessmen and the dealers.. we'll believe for them until they can believe for themselves. Thank you God for everyone You've given, and will give.