Have you ever heard stories of forgiveness that made you wonder, How was this person able to forgive such a terrible act? Would I be able to do the same thing?
Here is one such story that I received in a letter from one of our Today in the Word readers. Annette Masner has been through a significant trial during the past few years. Her grandson Chase, a 26-year-old U.S. Army veteran with two young daughters, was reported missing on March 27, 2014. Months turned into years, until finally, in August 2017, they received horrible and unwelcome news. The police had discovered Chase’s remains buried beneath a cement patio slab at the house where he had last been seen.
During those months of waiting, worrying, and grieving, Annette says she read God’s Word each day with Today in the Word. His Word sustained her during those difficult years. “Without your ministry to me, I do not know where we would be. I do know God has been leading us one day at a time and through many and varied difficulties. For this I praise Him and thank everyone at Today in the Word.”
On November 10, months after her grandson’s body was discovered, Annette was reading Today in the Word. That day’s title was “Waiting for God’s Rescue.” The application suggested: “Write a prisoner to encourage them with the truth of God’s salvation.” She thought of the man accused of murdering her grandson. “The following days seemed to encourage me to write to this young man who some say was a friend of Chase’s,” said Annette. “I’ve never met him. I can only imagine what he is going through.”
Annette sent a gift to Moody, asking that we use that donation to send Today in the Word to this young man. She also asked for prayers so she would be able to write “a compassionate and kind letter to this young man telling him there is hope in Jesus.”
We pray that God will use Annette’s act of faith to transform this man’s life. As we follow the Bible’s teaching about forgiveness, may He soften our own hearts to forgive as He forgave us.
Welcome Greg Thornton, Moody’s senior vice president of media, who is serving as interim president of Moody Global Ministries. We are thankful for Greg’s leadership and ask for your continued prayers for Moody.