When one of our ladies opened up and shared what had been going on in her life, it started a roller-coaster of emotions for all of us. As the night progressed, deep, deep sorrows were shared and for some, I think it may have been the first time they had openly talked about these things.
I myself, sat with my head down in total wonderment that these women had come through these situations in one piece - and even managing to thank God!
In my sheltered life, I have not experienced the sort of pain that these women had shared, and as they spoke, I could feel my thoughts turning dark about the world that we live in. "How do I bring up my children in this world of terrible, frightening things," I thought.
I hope I can learn from these ladies. They can still see the beauty in the world and I admire them for their courage and strength.