Yesterday was a tough day ... painful memories resurfaced and caused me to re-live a pain I had thought was finished. I was touched by the outpouring of love and support from my cyberfriends that I personally know, and also those who made their first comments yesterday. I didn't receive that support from anyone when I was living that hell - not a single friend stood up for me. How wonderful to have felt that yesterday.
First and foremost I must admit that the resurfacing of painful memories has caused me some amount of grief. I have also learned that airing dirty laundry in a public forum is a colossally bad idea, regardless of the intention.
The severe limitations of human communication are enhanced by the use of social media, and this is the single greatest reason why I regret posting my 'issues' with norm on his blog.
I have zero concern for the bleeding hearts who can so quickly criticise given little or no information about the context of the painful experiences of which I made public. Herein lies my regret. These things should not have been made public simply because the people who so vigorously responded have so little information as to render their opinions entirely useless. My issues were with Norm and him alone.
I express my deepest regret for placing this information in the court of public opinion. A place where this kind of matter has no business.
I also publically ask the forgiveness of Norm and his family for airing this painful information in such a public manner. In retrospect I can clearly surmise that my actions have caused them additional pain, and I am deeply sorry. Indeed, my act of posting on Norm’s blog was neither Christ-like nor kind hearted. Again, I am deeply sorry.
The only explanation I can give for my actions is my very protective nature. I am deeply saddened by the Thompson's departure form the fold, but I am further pained by much of the negative information in circulation of late as well. I am quickly learning that the church does not need me to defend it nor be a crusader for my version the truth. And while the church is near and dear to my heart, there is no need for me to take offense at any amount of negative press or apparent discrepancies ‘discovered’ by enemies of the church.
I agree with some of the posts…indeed I am not without sin, and I will take the advice of well-meaning commentator's and allow the Lord to judge between me and thee. Norm, please feel free to delete my comments