WETZSTEIN: Forgiving brings freedom of heart
“And he went back without opening the door. He was five inches away from us. So that’s when I said, ‘My goodness, God is real. He heard my prayer.’ And then when I was feeling He was really, really real, I started feeling, I better try to know Him.”
The pastor later pushed a large wardrobe in front of the bathroom door, but as search parties kept returning, he became scared for his own family and talked of forcing the women out. He relented when they cried for mercy.
And so for weeks and months, the eight sat wordlessly in the 3-foot-by-4-foot space. No sounds were allowed; they flushed only when the other bathroom was in use. The pastor gave them plates of food, but Immaculee’s weight still dropped from 115 pounds to 65 pounds.
Prayer, however, was freely available, and during her confinement, Immaculee began quizzing God repeatedly about how He or anyone else could forgive the unforgivable.
Next week: Liberation, body and soul
• Cheryl Wetzstein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.