Restorations and Reconciliations: Stories of Finding God’s Love and Forgiveness
Restorations is the story of Karen Harper’s journey to find forgiveness and a second chance at love after turning her back on God and damaging her most important relationships. It’s been two years since her husband’s death. Karen knows that he would still be alive if she hadn’t…well it’s just too painful to think about. Karen knew her actions were wrong but she never imagined the pain they would cause. Hoping to escape her past, Karen moves to Fredericksburg with her three sons.
She has a new job that she loves and she’s dating Kevin, a man she met on the Internet. Although Karen thinks Kevin may be “the one,” her oldest son, Trevor, hates him. Of course, Trevor hates everything these days and he barely speaks to Karen. He blames her for everything that’s wrong in his life.
When the nightmares start, she realizes she will have to deal with her past and forgive herself for her mistakes before she can hope to move forward with her life. As Karen allows God back into her life, she finds the forgiveness she desperately needs. Then God begins the work of restoring the broken relationships in her life.
In contrast to Karen Harper, Kevin Peterson hasn’t made any big mistakes in his life. He knows he’s not perfect, but by almost anyone’s standards, he’s a pretty good guy. He’s an honest car salesman, a loving son, and a loyal friend. Kevin is doing just fine without religion or God in his life.
In Reconciliations, God shakes up Kevin’s life to show him his need for a Savior. Kevin has to learn that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and that no one can ever be “good enough” on their own.
Kevin’s life is going along pretty well except that he’s been unlucky in love. Christine, his ex-wife, left him three years ago after he caught her with another man in his bed. He dated Karen Harper for a while until she got religious. Religion might have helped Karen deal with her past, but Kevin wanted no part of it. He’s glad to have both women out of his life.
With a single phone call, God brings both women back into Kevin’s life. This is more than Kevin can handle. He needs help. It arrives in the form of Pastor Mark Vinson. As Kevin spends time with Mark, and members of his congregation, he begins to see himself in a new light. And he doesn’t like what he sees.
When Kevin admits that he, too, is a sinner, he is finally ready to be reconciled with God.
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