Harold had come to the drop-in many times in the past, but this time he was troubled. He had been having a bad week with many losses in his life. His father had passed away the month before, his girlfriend had ended their relationship and he was
still struggling with alcoholism.
After spending about an hour in the drop-in, he came to my office because he wanted to ask a chaplain what it means to have peace with Jesus. He was desperate to find some peace and rest from the turmoil in his life. I told him about how we were
not designed to carry the troubles of this world on our own. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” When we go to the Lord in prayer, look at God’s Word and speak with followers of Christ about our troubles, we find counsel and the supernatural peace from Christ.
After speaking with Harold for a while about his troubles and what the Bible had to say about our troubles, Harold felt a little better about his situation. He began to feel the hope that is found only in Christ. Harold came to see me a few more times and was more and more open to the gospel message. Harold accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior after our second visit together! He still has his struggles but he no longer feels completely alone. The more peace he experiences with Christ, the more Harold is able to handle the struggles he has in this fallen world.
May the Lord touch the hearts of those who come to UGM in the months to come.