It was during one of our class times in Next Step when Larry taught me the importance of forgiving and being forgiven. His morning teaching had stirred something up deep inside me, and it came up again during our afternoon class time. After I shared my story his response was simple, yet strong. In a passionate voice he stated words I did not even realize I had been longing to hear. He very simply, yet authoritatively, addressed what had happened to me as evil. As a result of that truth being spoken I was able to see my story become part of God's larger story of redemption, grace, love, and forgiveness.
Thank you, Larry, for giving yourself to so many of us! Your love for God and people shown as brilliantly as the sun. And Rachel, thank you for sharing him with us. You are both much loved in my heart.