At Emmaus I truly felt God’s love for me.  I also saw people who didn’t even know me, showing acts of love and kindness towards me, which was hard for me to accept and trust.

I knew I wanted to come back and serve,  inside I craved for more of what I had experienced, but still not trusting.  God, through the men of God at Emmaus have been critical in teaching and showing me what unconditional love and giving grace is all about.  They have showed me how to properly act and react to situations.  They have taught me about keeping my commitments and shown me grace while God has stretched me.  I know they are not perfect by any means, but they are real.  What you see is what you get.

Emmaus has given me some life tools from scripture that I use in my every day life.  Learning to serve others first instead of myself has made such an impact on my life.  My daughters are telling me they want what I have.  Serving others has given me a softer heart toward others, my kids, and family.

So, in a nutshell, God, my new life, and Emmaus are all intertwined with each other.  The Emmaus community will continue to be part of my life.  I don’t really have the right words for what Emmaus means to me, except that it is a huge part of my life. – Smitty

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