Everyone has a story.

At church we smile. We try to look normal. People don’t see who we really are, and we don’t always want them to. Superficiality is our default.

All of us know better. None of us have lives that match our Sunday best. We have histories. We have brokenness. We have struggles.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could be honest with one another? Maybe we wouldn’t feel such a disconnection from one another if we were open. Perhaps if we told people who we really are it wouldn’t be that bad. Others could relate. We could help each other. Forgive each other. Pray for each other.

These are some of our stories. We hope it will help break down barriers and foster a spirit of acceptance and unity in our midst. We also hope you see the power of God at work in each of the lives represented here. God is not just the God of church people. He is the God of the hurting and broken as well.

If a story touches your heart, please share that with the author.

And when you’re done, please consider sharing your story. If you are interested in doing so, please let us know. Don't know where to start? Here's my story.

~Steve Nelson