When I was 17 years old, my life took a turn for the absolute worse. Between a combination of life circumstances and my own choices, I became a total stranger to myself and to everyone around me. I completely lost myself and because of that I completely lost God. By nothing less than a miracle, He eventually brought me back to Him and that leaves me where I am today. Many people have forgiven me for who I became and the things I did, and there's also many people who haven't, including myself. Trying to let go of that part of my past is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, and I know it's still going to take a long time, even from here. Luckily I get to worship a God who forgives me every single time, even if some of us can't yet. If we only got a limited number of chances, I would have run out a very long time ago. I will forever be grateful that He will take me back no matter how bad I've messed up or how many times I mess up. There are certain dates I will never forget for the worst reasons, but my January 31st baptism - the happiest day of my life - will be a date I will forever remember because of nothing but the best reasons. Here's to new beginnings and an absolutely incredible God full of love and full of grace and full of forgiveness. He is so, so good.
- Miss A, a college student