Have you ever considered the tremendous impact obedience to God can have on peoples's lives? Melissa Shaver (M.A./MC 2010), director of Walking in Grace Ministries, describes one such instance and challenges believers to follow its example.

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” – Isaiah 61:1-3

Nicole’s face beamed. She sat at the “table of honor” with her son, Roberto, the newly named chief surgeon at a prestigious hospital known for saving lives. She had been invited to the special ceremony for more reasons than just being his mother. She had been asked to speak of his life.

Roberto’s life story actually began a year before his birth. Nicole was only 15 when she met a woman, named Mary, who started hanging out in her neighborhood. Mary didn’t live in the neighborhood, but would show up once a week. The first time she came around, Nicole wondered how she found the place. Most people like Mary didn’t even know it existed. And, if they did, they dare not drive through the run-down complex known for drugs, prostitution and murder.

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