A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.
Vanessa, 43, divorced her husband after thirteen long years of abuse that had began as emotional badgering and belittling, closing her off from her family and friends, threatening and intimidating her, and eroding away at her self-confidence by finding fault with everything she did. When his behavior escalated to physical violence, Vanessa knew she had to leave before he killed her. Thankfully she had the strength to go to the church pastor and seek help, but she remembered how hard that was to do in a small town where everybody soon knows everything.
As she sat down to visit with Uriel, who she knew was experiencing the same nightmare, Vanessa engaged in a bit of friendly chit-chat and then told Uriel that she had a story about her life she wanted to share with her. When she had finished describing the nightmare her life had been then, and how afraid and alone she had felt, she looked up to see tears forming at the corners of Uriel's eyes and sliding down her cheeks.
"Uriel, would you like to leave?" Vanessa asked gently, "I know a safe place where you can go."
Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.
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