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Stacy McNeil

Something Broken Put Back Together

Alcohol, divorce, loneliness, and abandonment is what my childhood looked like. Remembering the day when my father walked out of my life forever was a day that would change a child. Living with my grandparents during my second grade year would prove to be the best year of my life. Their next door neighbor Joanne would be an angel in my life. She invited me to church one day, and that day would change the rest of my life. I attended her church and felt like I finally belonged; like there were people in my life who really accepted me.

I experienced The Salvation Army when I was eleven when a classmate invited me. Despite all of the bad decisions that I have made, The Salvation Army was the only safe place I could run to. It was one Sunday morning when the pastor was talking about how you didn’t have to continue to feel like no one wanted you. Jesus Christ is the most amazing Father you could ever have, who would never let you down. That is the day I asked him to forgive me for what I had done and I knew he had something great planned for my future.

From the experience I had that day I would have never guessed what my future would have looked like. I dealt with a number of things in my early adult life from drinking, to unhealthy relationships, to an unwanted pregnancy that led to adoption. Despite it all, God’s plan for me never changed. He gave me grace and has put all the pieces together the way they were supposed to fit and one truth remains, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3)