If someone were to ask, "What’s the best thing about a traditional holiday meal?" At first, some might think, “The food.” But really, when you get right down to it, no matter what the menu is ... the best thing about it probably isn’t the food ... It’s the love.
It’s the people around the table, who love you. It’s the sharing. The chatter. The laughter. That “full feeling” — not just after a big meal... that feeling that life is good... it’s complete... it’s full of God’s blessings.
Some folks haven’t felt such a feeling in a long, long time... folks that maybe made some bad decisions along they way and ended up in a tight spot. That's what happened to Art, but things were going ok he thought. He was living with his daughter and her husband. Then, one night, there was a conflict...
"My name is Vernon and on March 26, 2012, I was arrested for possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell and use. While waiting for arraignment, I cried out to God and He answered me by allowing me to be released and placed on a pre-trial release. At that time, I entered the Gospel Rescue Mission trying to hide out from the people I owed money to.
While at GRM, I started to pray that God would get me out of this once again, but for the first time I cried out to Him with all my heart, spirit and soul. He was faithful to answer my plea once more. As I was waiting on my court date, I asked about entering the Life Foundation Restoration Program and was accepted (not knowing if I would be able to even start or finish it). But for the first time in a long time, I started to trust that God would take care of everything.
I was truly sick and tired of the life I was living. I had been using drugs to escape and for the first time in a long time, I found peace and rest. GRM was a place where I fitted right in and could be myself, where I didn’t have to wear the many masks that I had developed all my life.