By Tonya Cherry
About a year ago on the way home from school, I asked my daughter, Hannah to pray for an anonymous young Christian girl who had come to see me with her parents. She has lost her virginity and was really hurting. That evening Hannah came into my room and said, “Give this to her” and she tossed something on my bed. It was a piece of notebook paper folded into a small square with “Dear Girl Just Like Me” written in blue pen on the outside.
Dear Girl Just Like Me,
I am sorry. That sounds pretty awful and embarrassing. I bet your parents cried and that just about killed you. To be honest, when I heard about it, I thought to myself, “I would never do THAT,” But then I realized, “That girl is really just like me” so I decided to reach out to you.
I want you to know that I have made horrible mistakes too. I have done things I said I never would and gone against what God wanted of me. I have disappointed my parents. So you and I are not so different. We did very different things but we are really much the same. I know how you feel. You are feeling worthless and broken but the thing is… You are neither of those things. God sees you as a treasure.
I want you to know something. I have sinned. You have sinned. I am sorry. You are sorry. God has forgiven you. God has forgiven me. You’re going to be alright and so am I. I want you to know that. We are going to be ok as long as we ask for forgiveness and keep trusting God. We will let ourselves down and let our parents down, but God will not let us down. I promise.
If we were to meet, I bet we would seem very different. If we were to compare things we have done, they would also probably seem different. Well, like they say, things aren’t always as they seem and for us that is true because I AM JUST LIKE YOU. I hope that knowing this helps.
I am praying for you,
P.S Read Romans 3:23 (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God) and 1 John 1:9 (If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.)
The value of seeing our hurting friends this way is immeasurable. How welcoming to a broken heart to hear that while we may be different in circumstances we are the same in nature and that grace and forgiveness is available for all. God give us this heart.