We all have a past.
Some good, some not so good.
When you encounter a hostile or angry person, do you ever wonder about their past?
When you interact with someone who is different from you, do you ever wonder what led them to be who they are?
When you hear someone mention being hurt, do you think to yourself, “They should get over it”?
In the book Run, River Currents by Ginger Marcinkowski, we see how a painful past can be hard to escape.
This book is based on the true story of her childhood. It’s a story full of so much pain I repeatedly had to stop reading, pray and regroup before continuing.
I’m not sure if this book is harder to read if someone has been touched by physical and/or sexual abuse or if you haven’t.
Regardless, this book is shocking in its descriptions, raw in its emotions and bittersweet in its redemption.
As I read, I found myself thinking of people I know who have been through similar experiences. It helped me to understand them better. It also made me ache for their pain and pray for their continued healing.
While this is not a “feel good” book, it is one that should be read. The evil that exists in this world cannot be ignored. We cannot look the other way and bury our heads in the sand.
Evil such as this must be addressed and prayed for.
In this account, we see how Christians can make a difference if they are consistent in love, prayers and invitations to church as these actions helped bring this broken and hurt woman to the only place she could find release- the cross of Christ.
We cannot pray for someone once and think our “job” is done. Those who have survived such atrocities need more from the Body of Christ. They need an active love that does not end.
I encourage you to read this story. It will break your heart until you get to the end and realize there is always hope. It is my prayer this book will help you empathize with others, or if you have suffered through a similar experience, you find release from the pain holding you captive.
If my heart breaks reading this, I can’t imagine how much more God’s must ache for His precious children.
We are His hands and feet. We must protect those who cannot protect themselves. But how can we do that if we ignore the pain in front of us?
Ginger is a brave woman to open herself up and share her story. Please honor her and pass this along to anyone who needs it.
So many have endured this type of life. So many need the healing power only our Savior can give. And so many will only listen to someone as courageous as Ginger. She inspires hope to those who hurt.
What’s your story?
Does God want you to share it? If so, are you sharing it?