Revised January 31, 2018
By Samuel Brooks
When I was 10…going on 11, a relative of mine became very ill and I had prayed every night for several months that God would heal him. To me, God was like a genie in a bottle; I’d only go to God when I wanted something. When he passed away, I became angry and bitter towards the doctors and God. I had begun to drink alcohol and doubt Him. I also began to question God’s reasons and motives: How could God allow this to happen when I’ve simply asked Him to heal? Now, I believed in God and went to church (mainly because my mom made me and I didn’t want to argue), but I didn’t have a relationship with God or even cared to for a long time. I didn’t even believe that God could perform miracles.
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