The first time I came here to the program, I was forced to come by the justice system 25 years ago. Everyone was nice to me while I was here for just over 2 years. I did not know Jesus, things just did not make sense to me. I had a relative that was here with me that helped me along.
Once I left the program, it didn't take long before I was back to my old lifestyle. I should be dead from everything I had done. I came back to the program again and again. Every time I slipped back to my addictions. People asked why I kept going back to Union Gospel Mission. I believe Jesus was calling me back. Someone had called me a lifer. This really bothered me, but as I thought about it, I realized I am a lifer. Every day the devil reminds me of my addictions and is trying to draw me back. I have to keep thinking about Jesus, He is the answer. I have to stop trying to fill the hole in my heart with drugs and alcohol and remember Jesus.
He then shared Psalm 63:1-5 which says "
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you."