Bethany's Story

Bethany shares her story of finding comfort from God during exceptionally hard circumstances.

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[Dad] Hi Bethany!
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Hi, I mean hola, hola!
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[Dad] Hola, yeah.
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My dad had a massive passion for life.
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His motto was to live for today
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and we did everything together as a family.
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He was just, he was there and I always felt loved.
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So often in life, there are things that you can't predict,
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that just happen out of the blue
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and once you walk through that door, you've had that moment,
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you're never the same person.
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And yeah, that big moment for me was definitely
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when my dad died, yeah.
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I was 12 years old.
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We hadn't had any history of heart problems,
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so it was a complete shock.
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We just came home one evening, Mum and myself,
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and we just found him.
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It got really lonely,
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'cause I didn't really have anybody else
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who was my age and who got me.
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I felt like everything in my world had just fallen apart.
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Two years after my dad died,
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I went to an event called Sole Survivor,
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where there were thousands of people my age,
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all gathered together to learn about God.
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There were so many people there so happy, so engaged,
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so joyful, all just going for it
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like it was the best thing that they could ever be doing
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and I went and it felt like all my pain,
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and my sadness, and my grief
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was just really weighing me down.
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And I just went up in one of the main meetings to the front
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and I just kneeled down and I just said God,
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I need You.
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I feel like I really just need a hug right now.
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And it's really hard trying to describe it,
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but it was like somebody had just knelt down
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in front of me and just put their arms around me.
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And I just felt God say, I'm here,
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I love you, it's okay.
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I had gone through so much pain
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and I'd gone through so much grief
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and God was the first thing that actually made a difference.
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I just felt so much of that pain just get released.
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I know just what it feels like to feel hopeless,
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to feel broken and to feel like there's nothing
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that you can do to change your situation.
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I look at my friends and I look at the world
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and I see so much suffering in it.
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I just thought you know, there's this love
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that I've experienced, I just wanna give that to them.
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Whether or not you're sure if you think there is a God
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or you don't know what you believe,
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there is a God who loves you
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and he wants us to have just the best life.
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He wants us to be in a relationship with Him
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and He just loves us that much.
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And no matter what you do, He will always be there for you.
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All you have to do is ask.
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(inspirational string music)