Spiritual Practice


Kristin O’Connor, 18

My freshman year of high school I was bullied on the bus. The abuse got so bad that I slipped into depression. I would come home from school sobbing uncontrollably and lock myself in my room for hours. I pushed everyone away and eventually turned my back on God. At the end of the year, however, God intervened, pulling me out of the pit, showering me with love and, over time, giving me strength to forgive those who had hurt me. God surrounded me with loving friends and a supportive youth group who helped me to grow in faith.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 (NIV)

The road to healing has not been easy. God is still working in my heart. I am learning, though, that “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NRSV).


THINK ABOUT IT: Bullying can be emotionally and physically damaging; but no matter what we face in life, we always can count on God to be a rock to lean on when our world is falling apart.

—from devozine (May/June 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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