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Clare Dooley

Hi, my name’s Clare and I’m a Geography & Economics graduate (2016). In my spare time I’m either making coffee at The Wren, or drinking it.

Galatians 3:20-21

“The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

I grew up being well-acquainted with Christian values. My dad’s family is traditionally Catholic, I went to a Catholic school, and my family wasn’t opposed to Christian traditions. As a child I believed that maybe there was a God, and that if there was, I knew enough and was good enough for him.

Aged thirteen, I made a new friend called Katie. She was a Christian, and invited me to her baptism. At the service, she stood up and explained why she was being baptised, and what it meant. I was completely surprised by what she said, and had never heard anything like it before. She claimed to have a personal relationship with God because she trusted in Jesus. I had always thought I was good enough for God, but I didn’t know him like this. Why was she so emotional, so convinced – and why did she care so much about Jesus?

I started going along to church with her, then youth group and summer camp as well. I was so keen to find out more about Jesus and if I was actually good enough for God. I looked at the evidence for Jesus, and the claims that he made in the Gospel accounts. I read that nobody is good enough to deserve God’s approval – no one but Jesus. But I also read that He came to make a way for imperfect people to relate to a perfect God. I realised that what Jesus said had to be true, and that really mattered. It was then that I decided to trust Jesus and follow him.

By no means have I lived a perfect life since I realised what Jesus did for me: I’ve struggled with issues of body image, sexuality, anxiety, and felt overwhelmed by life’s hardships. But throughout those hard times I have known a perfect saviour that walked the earth just like us, knows our struggles and pain, and brings real, certain hope in something more than this life.

I never expected to read some of the things I did in the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life. His story is the most important one you that will ever read. His life is real life – read about it and be surprised too.

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