Dear Deeper Life Church Family,
As you may already know from news reports, one of our young families is struggling. Alicia Gray, a teacher at Mary G. Montgomery High School, has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student. She presented herself to the authorities yesterday afternoon with her husband, Chris, was released on bond, and is spending time with Chris and their baby, Claire. The investigation into the allegations is continuing.
This is a crucial time for the Grays and for our church family. Alicia’s guilt or innocence in this situation is not the factor that determines our love for her and her family. Please hear me clearly in this: no matter how the investigation ends, and no matter to what degree Alicia’s guilt or innocence is proven, at Deeper Life Fellowship we have heard a sound, and we will gladly and unashamedly proclaim that sound to the Gray family. It is the sound of grace, forgiveness, healing, and restoration. We support Alicia no matter what because we love her. We also extend the same heart of God to the young man involved, and his family—grace, forgiveness, healing, and restoration.
And so we stand alongside Chris, Alicia, and Claire. We need not be convinced of her innocence because it is not necessary in order to love her with everything we are. It is our place as the Gray’s church family—brothers and sisters all—to remind them that they are not alone. They have not been nor will they be forsaken. We will pray for them, we will encourage them, and we will watch as our God once again demonstrates that there is nowhere we can find ourselves, where He is not there. Where there is sin, there is always more grace than sin. Where there is innocence, there is an awareness that it is only the Holy Spirit in us who causes us to live lives that are holy and godly. In both of those realities, it is, and always will be, grace by which we stand.
As it becomes more evident how we can practically walk with the Gray family through this, I will certainly update you. For now, please just pray for them. Pray for these things: grace, forgiveness, healing, and restoration.