Today 6/16/12 I met at the park a 17 yr old young man name Garrick Davies, I was drawn to him while I was helping Jadyn ride her bike. Once we got into the park he came over from his house and sat at the picnic table and we began to talk, he told me he had been in Army boot camp and that he and his unit was leaving in September for Afghanistan. He shared with me how troubled his life was not because of his up bringing, but because of the friends and choices in life he chose. He is the baby of 2 other siblings which are grown and out on their own he was the problem child. He shared with me how his parents were ready to kick him out on the street, and then he made a decision to let go and let God. He let his faith in God take over. This young man had me full with joyous tears as he shared with me how he knows there is a real true living God and how good God is, as he also said how can anyone think otherwise? He said one of the many reasons he knows there is a God is because of his changed life and his heart, and how he looked for those people whom he had wrong in the past to ask for forgiveness and make things right with them before God, and before he is deployed in September, again this is a 17 yr old black male. This young man spoke with such wisdom and clarity that I just wanted to shout and dance before the Lord in praise, because it blessed my spirit to be in his company for the mere 30 minutes that we chatted. It flet like I knew him for a life time. I guess it was the God in us both that made me feel that way.
I encouraged him to keep God 1st and foremost in his life and to keep sharing the goodness of the Lord with all those in whom he comes in contact with far and near, I shared my husbands testimony with him about his past, present and future to come how God has brought him from drugs, prison, homelessness, being a ruthless gangster, a womanizer, to a college graduate. He was in awe, but knew and stated it was God. Mr. Garrick has truly blessed me to have met him and his parents live in my neighborhood, I promise I will keep him in my prayers knowing he has dedicated his life to Christ as well as to our country to fight for our safety and well being God bless him, his unit and his family.