Sometimes you just need someone to listen.
“This life is hard. A lot of people, I mean there’s a room, there’s 400 people here, and guarantee you, there’s a hard story in almost every chair,” says Kim Erickson, Panelist and Moderator.
Erickson is part of a panel of women sharing the hardships they’ve faced from cancer, to addictions, to the death of a loved one.
“Everybody’s going through something, everybody experiences pain, and there’s so many different things, I think that will help these ladies to identify with something up there,” says Erickson.
14 years ago, she lost her four month old son in an accident when he was inadvertently struck by a minivan driven by her husband.
“A lot of people have said to me over the years, ‘Well, you know, you must be really strong to have walked through that,’ and my answer is, ‘No, I was a basket case. And I would be nothing without the Lord, and it’s Him that proved himself strong,” says Erickson.
Their goal is to help other women restore their hope.
“Hope is a choice. We choose to believe that there is something more than this life and what it has to offer. We choose to believe that God is real and what he says is true,” says Erickson.
Through the panel discussion and music, they hoped to reach out to the women and show them that they aren’t alone.
“Music is such a wonderful conduit to our hearts, that -you know- music just speaks to us in a way, sometimes, that just talking can’t,” says Gabrielle Sutton, Conference Attendee.
Fellowship can make all the difference.
“Just be present. You don’t have to have something to say, because it really does mean a lot to have a person there who is just willing to listen,” says Erickson.
Support in even the toughest times.