Brothers & Sisters,
I’ve bumped into and had the satisfaction of knowing plenty of people that have fallen away from their faith or don’t believe in God at all. And while I wish I could show them all the excellence of the love of God, I recognize that for some I won’t ever be able to do so. It doesn’t mean I’m going to cease attempting though. The ability to bestow a witness with one or more people of your faith seems to carry far more weight than just telling someone all the good things about my Church. Don’t get me wrong, I want to scream the good news from the rooftops, but often times it takes something more than that. It takes someone looking in your eyes, seeing the joy in your face, feeling the happiness radiate from your heart, and hearing how God has transformed your life for the better.
As someone who was drawn back from the brink of losing their faith, with no one around me to help me get back on that pathway I know what it is like to walk alone in the darkness for a long time. I understand that it isn’t pleasant and looking back on it now sheds new light on just how dark it really was. I thought my life was great, it was bleak. I thought I had everything I ever needed, turns out I didn’t have the one thing I needed the most, Him.
While your beliefs might not line up entirely with mine, I harbor no ill-will towards you. You are all my brothers and sisters, and I pray for you each and every day. And for those of you who choose to mock, try to disrupt, stand in my way, start arguments and attempt to derail this journey I’m on? I pray for you the most. I hope that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and see that your attempts at steering me away have only made my conviction that much stronger.