This past Sunday, our worship service concluded with something called "cardboard testimonies." Our worship director and I picked up the idea from a video we'd seen from another church, and he invited a number of our people to participate.
About 25 people came forward at the end of the service and walked across the stage holding a cardboard sign written on both sides. On Side A was a brief description of something each person has struggled with at some point in the past, or still struggles with. On Side B was an equally short description of what God has done to help them with that struggle.
It was very moving. Many of the testimonies were about very personal things, and I was inspired by the people's willingness to be real. The fact that the testimonies were written on cardboard, rather than spoken, took away the intimidation factor. The congregation was visibly moved as they read how God has helped real people with addictions, loss, unhealthy relationships, perfectionism, and the like.
It's so encouraging when people tell others how God has stepped into their pain.