Sagit's grandparents survived the horrors of the Holocaust and came away determined to keep religion out of their family and out of their home. But as their granddaughter grew up, she began to feel the loss of spirituality in her life. And so a search began.
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One of the things that Jesus commands in the Sermon on the Mount is to be perfect. Perfection is a high bar to reach and can often cause followers of Christ to feel inadequate or unworthy. While many followers of Christ may feel overwhelmed and discouraged by such a commandment, maybe we don’t need to be so hard on ourselves.
I cannot prove that there is a God, but I believe that God can, but only on His terms. Terms originating from infinite wisdom and deep love for us. Yet, what can He do to offer evidence that won’t encumber our need to learn to use and grow our agency?
The night my brother overdosed on heroin is one I’ll never forget. I can still recall every detail: the thud of his body hitting the floor, my parents’ yells, the terror, the confusion, and the hopelessness that sank in when I realized we were back to square one with his seemingly never-ending battle with addiction.
I think back to when I was a youth. I imagine being at church one Sunday and having beloved Bishop Smoot call me out of class. He would point toward his office. “There is someone who wants to talk with you.” As we neared his office, he revealed, “It is Jesus.” The bishop opened the door and I stumbled reluctantly into the presence of the Lord of the universe. Here's how I imagined that meeting as a youth. Here's why I had it all wrong.
We look to the scriptures for examples of triumph and spiritual greatness. But when we’re having a bad day, we may wonder if the spiritual giants that come to life in the pages of our standard works just fundamentally have something we don’t. What is the secret to their greatness and do we have any hope of ever getting there ourselves?
Kelly was lost. She was a drug addict, a prostitute, and she was unable to care for her children. Sometimes she didn’t even feel human. And what she was left with was a feeling of absolute fear, terror, and loneliness. Watch her incredible story of redemption and how she found healing through Jesus Christ.