As we continue to journey with one another and with Jesus into Holy Week, I want to share a testimony from a courageous young woman who has been walking her own path toward Holy Week. To respect her privacy, I will call her Sabrina. Sabrina was rescued from sex trafficking four years ago, with the help of Street Grace, a ministry that seeks to end Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Until her rescue, Sabrina had been repeatedly bought and sold in the evil business of modern day slavery. A few weeks ago, she was on her way to a Street Grace board meeting when she saw a former “buyer” on the street.
This sighting resulted in “nightmares, flashbacks, and memories” and later, a trip to the hospital. Sabrina’s encounter was unknown to all but two of the board members, yet the meeting ended with a time of prayer over her and other survivors. Sabrina later said that her own prayer upon entering the board meeting had been, “Daddy God, I just need a hug.” God answered her prayers that day with multiple hugs from a female pastor.
Sabrina is out of the hospital and doing well. She said, “I push through; that’s what we do, that’s how we’ve survived.” Her personal strength is incredibly inspiring, to be sure; but Sabrina recognizes that God is the ultimate source of her recovery: “I think all of your prayers, combined with all the others going up, helped me get through that process, and I’m so grateful.”
Jesus’ journey to Holy Week led him into the face of evil, sin, and death. For Jesus, and for all of us, those forces are never the end of the story. In the power of the Resurrection, Jesus shows us that in the end, God is the One who triumphs over all things. If Sabrina can recover, thrive, and find a new life in the face of such horrific pain and suffering, so too can we. As Jesus said to his disciples, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” Let us remain strong in the power of our Lord.
In the hope of the Resurrection,