Mike L. is all smiles and hugs now...but earlier in his life he suffered an alcoholic addiction that nearly cost him everything. He applauds a moment of Divine Intervention that rescued him in more ways than one.

I asked Mike L. to share his story. 

"I am a recovering alcoholic, sober almost 35 wonderful years.

Prior to getting sober, my life was in a spiral downward for many years. Depression was constant; all I had in life was alcohol. No girlfriend stayed with me more than 3 months due to my drinking. Loneliness and depression is not a good mixture and I sometimes would look in the mirror and hate what I saw to the point that I decided that I could not take it anymore and decided to end my life.

I walked to my nearest bridge during a mild snowstorm and stared at the rocks 75 feet below. After about 5 minutes of debate, I climbed over the rail. A car drove by and I heard him yell, “ Don’t do it, it’s not worth it.” I yelled back some nasty expletives and gave him that terrible middle finger.

I let go of the rail, felt a slight breeze and a thump. I was pretty drunk and I suppose I fell backwards to the sidewalk instead of the rocks below.

I cried all the way home because I was such a loser I couldn’t even kill myself. I felt like I had to live this miserable life forever.

When I got home I did something I NEVER did, got down on my knees and prayed. I remember asking God for help. I need someone in my life. I knew that he had a protective hand over me.

I put myself in a rehab hospital 4 months later.

What seemed to happen next was not immediate, but I found it easier for me to ask potential girlfriends out on dates. The last is still my wife and we just recently celebrated 35 years of marriage.

Now, I am still happy and still grateful for the Divine intervention that gave me a wonderful life."

- Mike L.

Martin Masson opens up about how God brought him through a difficult time in his life. He encourages those facing a hard time to reach out for help and to rely on the Almighty for provision. 

I asked Martin to share his story: 

"I was in a really bad place for a while. I was going through financial hardship and a failed relationship. It felt like things were just getting worse. I felt I was at the end of my rope, like I was drowning and  I couldn’t breathe. I lost hope, I saw no light at the end of the tunnel. All I saw was total darkness. And even though I prayed to God every day and night and went to church and tried to keep the faith there was a moment when I felt like just giving up. I felt that God was not listening to me and that he had abandoned me, turned his back on me. Even though deep down I knew that wasn’t true, I still couldn't help feeling that way.   I was in such a low place with such pain and hurt that I had thoughts of doing something really stupid. I had hit rock bottom! I had no one to turn to, no one to talk to.  I didn’t want to bother anyone with my problems because everyone has their own demons to deal with.

But then one Sunday morning the pastor at my church gave a sermon that spoke to me. I mean I really felt like he was talking directly to me even though there were over a hundred other people in that church. He said that no matter what I was going through in my life and no matter how much despair I was feeling God NEVER abandons you! He has a plan and he will take care of you.

After that day I prayed to him and asked for forgiveness. I told him I would give myself to him, placed my life in his hands. That I trusted him no matter what happened.

Then it happened...... two things I had prayed for most happened. The first was going back to work at Disney as a cast member because working for Disney is when I was at my happiest.  Then just two weeks later another amazing blessing that had me sobbing and on my knees. I received an envelope via FedEx and in that envelope was a check from a class action lawsuit I was a part of from 8 years ago! I had totally forgotten about it. That check has completely changed everything for me! I am able to pay of some debts and still have a good portion left over where I won’t have to worry about struggling anymore.

I can finally breathe again. I feel like he has lifted me up and and taken me in his arms. I have made a promise to make good with some of this money to pay it forward wherever I can and I’m going to keep that promise.

So my message to anyone who is struggling.... no matter what you are going through in your life, whatever despair you are going through DON’T EVER GIVE UP! Trust in the Lord! He will not fail you! He has your back! Trust him, pray to him, do good by him... he will get you through the roughest storms. There is hope and there is light in darkness."

- Martin Masson