Though I Walk Through the Valley

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Even in my darkest moments, I saw I was not walking alone.

By: Jill Simpson-Abrahantes & Adventist Review

Four times a year, on the first Sabbath in January, April, July, and October, Adventist members around the world are invited to dedicate a special day for fasting and prayer, as they ask God to bring about individual and corporate revival and reformation. Some time ago, the Seventh-day Adventist world church launched a Revival and Reformation website to highlight not only those special days but the ongoing power of prayer in Christian life. Among other useful resources, the site periodically includes stories of people who were impacted by the power of faithful and unceasing prayer. As the world church prepares itself for one of these days of fasting and prayer this coming Sabbath, July 1, we share a story of a person who stayed committed to God and to prayer in the most difficult of circumstances, in the hopes it can encourage our readers to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).—Adventist Review

A few years ago, I got married, looking forward to happily ever after. Soon after marriage, I discovered that my husband was battling with severe depression. In time, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and marriage became more and more difficult. It wasn’t long and we began to struggle financially because my husband wasn’t able to hold down a job.

In the midst of all this, our son Josiah was born, and within a few weeks came down with meningitis, battling for his life at a Children’s Hospital. I already had two children from a previous relationship, and it was difficult to be away from them while I cared for Josiah.

I prayed a lot, telling God that it didn’t matter what we faced. I just wanted to be able to bring baby Josiah home. God answered my prayer and a month later Josiah was discharged from the hospital. He left with the diagnosis of extensive brain damage and epilepsy, however.

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