This is the first post that I have written since my arrest almost 2 years ago on Jan 23, 2013. Words cannot begin to articulate the depth and breadth of my gratitude to God, friends, family, the jury and last but not least my incredible legal team at Breen & Pugh Attorneys at Law. Todd Pugh has been an amazing attorney throughout this ordeal. I want to thank all the people who supported me throughout this difficult time. Your encouragement helped me immensely. I apologize for not writing sooner, but every time I sat down to write I was overcome with emotion. Your cards, prayers, calls and gifts have sustained me through one of the most difficult times in my life.
My marriage, friendships, family and faith were tested to the extreme. However, I can honestly say that God’s presence is very real even in a post-modern high tech saturated society He has given me strength, endurance, courage and peace in the midst of great uncertainty and what looked like insurmountable odds. His truths of protection are found throughout the ancient texts and His faithfulness has been lived out through the love of my husband, children and friends who have been the source of maintaining my sanity during this ordeal.
On my bulletin board I have the following verse that guides everything I champion “Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31: 8-9
I can testify to the fact that there is hope and healing in the midst of injustice, pain and hardship. I can also testify to the truth that faith, hope and love are more than just an overused saying on a plaque. Instead, they are life sources that when truly lived out build bridges and help create real community. I believe that there are no wasted tears and that our pain becomes a pathway to help others live freely and love fiercely. Was it cosmic coincidence or Divine design that helped merge my past and present to bring about another story of hope just when I needed it? Six months after my arrest World Vision was on our doorstep documenting how one woman helped save my life during the height of the Vietnam War. I share this side story because it was a reminder to me that faith is more powerful than fear, we are all connected, people are worth protecting and one person can make a difference.
I am still processing the impact of all that has happened, grieving what was taken and celebrating all that is still good. Psalm 91 along with the writings of the acclaimed Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, have been my meditative anchors that have helped me begin each day with hope that what is unseen is more powerful than what is seen. Namely, that with God nothing is impossible. True Freedom comes from within. Truth is worth defending and Justice is worth fighting for.
Live Freely, Love Fiercely
Kim Bendis MS, FNP-C
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