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Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.—2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) 

In the spring of 2009 I hit rock bottom. Many times in my years of alcohol and drug abuse I thought that I had reached my lowest point, but they paled in comparison. This time I found myself in a tiny jail cell with no one left to turn to. With nothing to lose, I sank to my knees and prayed in total desperation. I begged God to forgive me for the way I had lived my life and asked God to show me a better way. 

Soon after that prayer, God’s love became real for me. I received treatment I had desperately needed for years and finally was delivered from the desire to use alcohol and drugs. People I had hurt despite their love for me began to return to my life. God started to open new doors for me, and I was able to see how I could use my experiences to help others who were suffering as I once had. 

Today I am a new man in Christ. Although I am still serving time for crimes I committed while on drugs, my relationship with God is unwavering. I go to God each day, asking God to use me as a vessel of divine love. Through me God has been able to change lives. I remain a witness to God’s amazing grace. 

Prayer: For your forgiveness, my God, I thank you. For the new life you are always ready to give, I thank you. For your love that never leaves me alone, I thank you. Amen. 

Thought for the day: When I have hit rock bottom, God’s love can lift me up. 

Christopher King, Delaware