“The day….was a dark and fearful one. Did we make the wrong decision? We found on our porch … this note. The note read: ‘A family that never opens its heart never feels heartbroken. A family that never welcomes in others never misses them when they leave. A family that never embraces life’s risks, never really lives. Thinking of you all on this tough day. With love from the many, many people whose lives you’ve touched and who love you all.’” (p. 123–124)

Reading: “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.”—Psalm 41:9

Selections from The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (Pittsburgh: Crown & Covenant, 2012). Used with permission.