Freshman year of college, I had a very powerful conversion experience, a born-again experience. It changed my life—forever. Jesus, in his great mercy, found me in my great moment of need.
One evening, I prayed an act of surrender, with faith the size of a mustard seed, and the next day I awoke filled with a mysterious peace and certainty that I was loved.
The fellow through whom this occurred, Dan, with whom I have lost touch, went on to become a pastor in the Christian Missionary & Alliance church, a denomination founded in 1887 by a Presbyterian minister, that today counts six million members worldwide.
Dan had me memorize a Bible verse that still sits prominently in my mind, a fitting verse for today:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.
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The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington