Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
(Continued from Day 9)
But how close did I come to losing it all? How close did we come?
The grief of it threatens to overwhelm him once again.
I remember, back then, that I felt alone, angry, unloved. After I walked out, I went to a bar, and I got drunk. Really drunk. Called in sick to work the next day, then went to Tommy’s place. He let me sleep it off, pushed me into the shower that night, and when I came out, he was waiting there.
I hadn’t seen him in three months, it had been that long since I went to church.
He didn’t talk much. Mostly listened.
He listened as I began to talk, slowly at first, but then more and more, and I got loud, and I got angry. Then I got quiet, and I got sad. I don’t know how long I talked for, but by the end of it, I was crying on the floor.
And he was there beside me, consoling me. He told me that I didn’t need to do this on my own, that I was never meant to.
He took me home that night, and he sat me and Sofia down together. Told me to talk, and told her to listen. Told her to talk, and told me to listen.
It wasn’t easy, not at all. It was tough, real tough.
Things didn’t get magically better either. It took time, counselling, prayer.
But the Pastor didn’t leave us without support. He journeyed with us, helped us through the next year. Became the boys’ godfather, blessed them both and blessed us as a family.
God only knows where I’d be without him. Or where we’d be.
And Tommy… he’s the one who got Pastor Andrew involved.
I wonder how he’s doing?
(To be continued…)
We thank you that you do not leave us alone, not even in our darkest moments.
We thank you for the men and women who you have called to shepherd your people, that they have been gifted with both responsibility and resources to do the task you set before them.
May the Holy Spirit work in our communities to bring hope and healing to the families and individuals in distress.
In Jesus’ name,
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
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