I stood speechless. Nothing in my 19 years of existence in a fundamental Christian culture had prepared me for a moment like the one at hand.
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I was determined, and slowly but surely I began to gain strength. Along with strength came muscle. The muscle brought confidence.
But when all is said and done, my prayers are said to communicate with God and not with man. In the end, I know He is pleased and that’s OK with me.
In fact, grace causes me to recognize that there are many things that I can learn from those who hold different beliefs from me.
Thinking about these stories places a lump in the back of my throat. You see, I know what it is like to walk in my friend’s shoes. I know what it’s like to wake up without the person that you love most by your side.
In that moment, I wanted to disappear. I wanted to take back what I said, but for some reason, I couldn’t bring myself to. On the way back home, the only consolation that I could think of is that I’d probably never see the medical assistant ever again.