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Sarah Geffin “From New Age to New Life”

Sarah Geffin “From New Age to New Life”

I grew up in a liberal Jewish family in Highgate, North London where there was a lot of love. I attended synagogue from the age of five, which was where I first encountered God.

When I was a teenager my parents divorced, which caused me a lot of pain and grief. I felt like the foundations of my life had collapsed and I began to search for peace and meaning to life. I began to take drugs and to study religions such as Orthodox Judaism, Buddhism, and New Age philosophies in an attempt to find answers to my questions. Instead, I found a real emptiness in those philosophies. There was nothing to grasp.

While I was studying for degree in Ceramics in 1981, my mother threw me out of the family home. It was a very painful time. I felt hopeless and tried to fill my life with things such as drink and drugs but I wasn’t satisfied. I went to counsellors and clairvoyants but they couldn’t help me.

Inner peace

I felt I had tried everything and nothing could help me. In 1980 my father had started a New Age business and, being influenced by the New Age ideas, I started making ceramics for that market: palmistry hands, phrenology heads and Egyptian god figures.

In 1981 I went to Israel for two weeks and visited Bethlehem on Christmas Day. On my second visit to Israel in 1987 I visited The Shelter hostel in Jerusalem where they held Friday night services. I heard about Jesus Christ but I didn’t think Christianity was for me so I returned to England.

A year later I travelled to Egypt and Israel and when I arrived in Eilat, I found I was suffering from food poisoning after eating bread at a Bedouin camp. On the beach ay Eilat I met a girl called Naomi who seemed to have a deep inner peace, something that was lacking in my life. She explained that Jesus was a Jew, that he came and suffered for Jews and Gentiles and that he was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was important for me to identify with the Jewish ness of Jesus and not to lose my identity as a Jew.

Emotionally paralysed

I was feeling emotionally paralysed and Naomi she read a story from the fifth chapter of John’s Gospel about Jesus healing a paralysed man at the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be helped?” When I heard those words, it was as though God had spoken them to me by his Spirit.

I was quite resistant to the Lord and felt I would be betraying Judaism if I believed in Jesus. But after talking to many Christians and asking questions I realised the Gospel of Jesus was all true, that God in his love had heard my cry and was reaching out to me. As Naomi spoke to me I felt his compassion and conviction reaching out to me through her and saw a peace in her that I’d never known. I remember that day; I was lying down with my head in my hands quietly crying, realising that I was in the presence of a holy, loving God.

A reason to live

I also realised that I’d lived a life of self-indulgence and rebellion, separated from God. I realised Christ had died for all the wrong things I’d done and that I could be forgiven. A few days later in Israel I asked Jesus to come into my life.

I feel the Lord has given me a reason to live and a meaning to life. Jesus has filled the void that was inside me with his peace, and I don’t have to take drink or drugs to escape the pain. Not everything is perfect, but God has given me a hope for the future and assurance of eternal life.

After I got saved I realised that the pottery I was producing wasn’t pleasing to God and I started to make Passover plates and Havdallah goblets. Eventually, I gave up the pottery business and trained to become an English teacher. I have spent the last two years working as part of a ministry team in St. Petersburg, Russia, teaching English through the Bible.

These verses from the Bible speak of what the Lord has done in my life.

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-3)

 

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