From My Deepest Despair, Through Unconditional Love, to Hope.

When the world is one dark cloud where nothing is in your favour, where do you go?  It is easy to think that you are really all alone and no one cares, but the real question is, “Is that true?”  I thought it was true, but am ever grateful that I learned the error of my ways.

I was actually living half a world away from my home and learned in that situation that you cannot run away from your problems.  I was in over my head, with the affects of my upbringing and my inability to cope.  I was also convinced that that could never be changed, and so it was in 1974 that I took a whole bottle of Valium to just get out of the mess.

All that I did was get myself into a psychiatric hospital which was not a pleasant experience.  My release from that hospital resulted in me meeting Julie and Bob.  They invited me to a weekly meeting they held at their place.  Now I knew it was a “prayer” meeting, but I did not have any idea what that would entail.  Due to transport scheduling it would be difficult for me, so I was invited to come earlier and have tea with them before the meeting started.  So I went.

In fact I went for the next three months, and these people put up with my negativity and stubbornness, until I gave in.  That was the first time I had met unconditional love.  Be sure of this, when you meet real love, it persists and there is no way you can escape.  Eventually you will give in, it is that strong.

When the Bible tells us that Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28), he really meant it.  My life changed dramatically, and the actual day of change will be the topic of my next post.

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