I recently attended a smorgasbord and I may have overeaten. No, I didn’t go to the Old Country Kitchen, one of the buffets in the area. I attended the Faith and Culture Writers conference. I found there was plenty of food for thought for everyone who was there. I discovered that my appetite for writing was still alive and well. The track I followed was for non-fiction writers and all the workshops were excellent. Each of the speakers shared their story of pain and triumph. The stories of the speakers helped me remember that all of us have had struggles. But God can turn our difficult roads into pathways of hope when we share what he’s done in our lives.
One of the speakers I appreciated the most was Romal Tune. He was raised in poverty and violence. As a teenager he kept the destructive patterns he learned from his mother, but he has totally turned his life around. After serving in the Army he went to Howard University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. From there he went to Duke University School of Divinity to become an ordained minister.
By sharing the life lessons He’s learned throughout his journey, Roma Tune is instrumental in leading people out of despair and into hope. He is the author of an Award-Winning Book entitled, “God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens”
In Matthew 9: Some men brought Jesus a paralytic man. When Jesus saw their faith he said to them“Your sins are forgiven. Get up, take your mat and go home”. The man got up and went home.
Our physical disabilities and life experiences often make us feel paralyzed, yet when Jesus forgives and heals our hearts. Then we can be catalysts of change in people’s lives by sharing our good news with them.