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As a child I was told of the incredible power of God and how he wasthe key to our eternal salvation I always believed thementhusiastically perhaps because of my naivety When I became older mylife suddenly fell apart Drugs and suicide permeated my circle offriends leaving me crushed In addition to that I also dealt with manypersonal problems that were beyond complicated I prayed to Godconstantly so he could take my problems away After an extended periodit became evident that help was never going to come I felt betrayed andI quickly developed an abomination towards anyone who tried to convinceme that any sort of benevolent divine being existed The chorus from asong Im Not Jesus by Apocalyptica was the epitome of my beliefwhen your whole world comes undone let me be the one to say Imnot Jesus Jesus wasnt thereAfter years of rejecting Gods existence I was old enough to begin theprocess of Confirmation I inveighed against the idea many times but myparents kept insisting that I receive the sacrament I was so aggravatedby the constant badgering that I ingratiated and reluctantly attendedthe first session The moment I stepped into the annex I felt like aninterloper There were so many of my peers who were enthusiasticallydiscussing their faith and I realized that I could not say thatanything Ive done matched the benefits that my peers were talkingabout However my stubborn nature kept me at my original view Duringthe retreat a man named Maurice talked to us about his life As hestarted I realized that his story was not the hackneyed story I wasexpecting It was almost identical to mine I waited till he finishedand then I asked to talk with him He commiserated with me and told meto read a Bible verse that changed his life The verse was Isaiah 5811which said The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your needsin parched places and make your bones strong and you shall be
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