The pastor and Sheila held on to him, as Kyle and Ben watched with compassion. "I'm sorry Sheila! Why would anyone choose something, other than God, over their children? Aunt Rita and I have talked about this, but I really still feel very angry. I don't know what to do"!, Drew admitted. Pastor Manuel shared with all of them about forgiveness at that time. Sheila also mentioned that she wanted to stay until Sunday, and go to church with the Bartholomews. They all agreed. Drew realized he needed to let go of what his parents had done and forgive them. Pastor Manuel went straight to the source. "The cross". He told them all that had happened leading up to being nailed to the cross. The bloody beatings, the accusations, the spitting and the mocking. And what did Jesus do? He forgave them. They all laid hands on Drew and prayed. Drew cried like he had not cried since he was little. He struggled with it and continued sobbing. Sheila wept too because her situation was not like his, but she felt like he feels and empathized with him.
Drew stopped sobbing and praying. He got up and paced around the room, as they all carefully watched him. "OK, Lord! You think I should forgive a person or people who treat me like I'm nothing? Fine! But I can't do it without You! Please help me to forgive"!, Drew cried out. Everyone was looking at Drew, concerned. They waited for his sobbing to stop. A few minutes later, Drew stopped crying, looked up to Heaven and thanked God. He smiled at all of them and they hugged him. It was such a great relief to know that he could forgive and feel the release of pain, through His Lord. They had to sit down and make a plan. It was Saturday. Tomorrow they were going to visit the Baptist church with the Bartholomews, then they had to decide what to do next. The news was buzzing loudly around town about the missing kids. They discussed whether to stay in the happy hollow until they could fix the situation, or run again. They were all tired of running, and they all wanted to call home. That night, everyone slept soundly, knowing Jesus was taking care of them and showing them the way.