I have that T-shirt! Church hurt and trauma is real, and the harm done truly is life changing. Great letter to your daughter. We are always wanting to fit in, and going to church falls into one of those categories for many of us. Church (when it gets bad, when you question, if you disobey the rules, or if you can’t quite get rid of freethinking) can be a savage as the streets. I left on 2007 and haven’t set for back in once except for funerals.

Church is like a bad drug for me. If you survive, you never try it again. I’m good on church and religion for that matter.

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