Where the Willow Weeps
by Charity Rissler
Published July 10th 2019
I grew up in a homeschooled family in rural Pennsylvania, the 8th out of 13 children. From my earliest years I was raised in The Message, a legalistic, fundamentalist sect of Christianity. I followed a man who was dead long before I was born; William Branham, who I was taught and believed was the prophet for the end times. I’ll share with you how my sin, and the lies I believed from The Message affected my everyday life from my childhood and on into my teenage years. I’ll illustrate for you, in words and artwork, how Jesus came into my life and changed the plot of my story. By God’s grace I was able to pick up the broken pieces and dissociate the lies about God I heard in the Message, from the reality of who He is. By God’s grace, I am free from The Message, and from my sin. I invite you to join me on my story, to laugh with me, and cry with me. My prayer for these pages is two-fold; that you can see how God wove my broken story for His glory, and that you can find hope and gratitude for your own.
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