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.
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington