‘Jesus is Real!’
When I was an adolescent, I was very confused. I had a very tumultuous childhood. I lost my father in my parents’ divorce and I lost my mother to alcoholism. I would go home and not want to be there. I just remember there was a deep darkness, a depression, that you could feel when you walked in my home. By the time I was 16 years old I came to a place where I didn’t believe God really existed. One day, about Christmas time, I was sitting outside, it was so beautiful on this warm, snowy night. I looked up to the sky at it was just so surreal, I said out loud, “This is so beautiful! If there is a Heaven how much more beautiful would it be?” I looked up to that sky and said, “If You are out there, God, and there is a Heaven, I want to go.” Just as I spoke those words, I felt the massive awesome Holy and Powerful presence of God! His presence was the most beautiful experience I had ever had. Jesus’ presence was so real, so loving, I felt I was speaking to Him face to face. Now I am so happy to say that I serve that amazing God that I encountered when I was 16 years old. I now have a relationship with this loving God, and I feel His presence always! His presence is so amazing that I want everyone to feel what I feel. What a privilege to know and to be known by God.