The announcement came out in the media this week. I voted in favor of the merger because it seemed to be in the best interest of both churches, and because people (at least in my church) were nearly unanimous.
But it will be interesting:
Tracy–from what Richard and a once-mutual friend have told me, and what I myself have observed–apparently has inherited an abusive form of Borderline Personality Disorder and/or other disorders from her mother. Her behavior interlaps with Narcissistic Personality Disorder as well. She has caused trouble with other friends and in other churches, from what I’ve seen and what Richard has told me.
And Richard himself shows many signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He claims to have hypnotized me without my knowledge, and he manipulated me.
Both have demonstrated stalker tendencies as well, and have even tried to intimidate me at church.
And both of them are child abusers.
And neither of them have ever admitted to abusing me, or to the legitimacy of my pain, or to the fact that I deserve an apology.
In fact, they told me they laughed at my pain. These are your classic Christians-In-Name-Only.
I admit a certain trepidation at the thought of the poison that could now enter my church. I hope they will not destroy it. Though I hope the priest would be able to stop any such thing.
Of course, I have no clue if my abusers are still involved in the other church. It hasn’t held services for three years, so they very well could’ve moved on to someplace they like better. These days, all I know about my abusers is that they still live somewhere in town, even though one of their regular, confirmed IPs shows up in my blog stat trackers as Missouri. Hubby believes he saw them walking a dog near our house three weeks ago.
Several years ago, one friend told me that church could be a good influence on my abusers, so not to be too upset about seeing them there. At this point, I can’t tell them to stay away if it’s also their church. But sharing the Eucharist and other church activities could be terribly problematic.
I also have many friends in my church. Then there’s my BFF at that church, a fellow convert-NOT-by-marriage, introvert, writer and German-speaker. 🙂 I haven’t felt lonely for a long time. Maybe they will help me feel safer.
I will have to play things by ear.
Hubby says they may not even come, but if they do and try to badmouth me, the people there know me way too well to listen to them. It would only go back on them.
Or who knows, maybe they’ll take advantage of tomorrow’s Forgiveness Sunday (Orthodox thing right before Lent) to make peace.
But in any case, if my abusers start coming to my church, things will get interesting. Please pray for me, or good wishes, or whatever you do.