There’s a World of Redemption in This Meal – and Christian Navarro Took Forever to Find It. Say Hello; Come Eat.

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When Christian Navarro was still a kid, his father took his mom Cheryl to the Los Angeles-area hospital where he worked. Cheryl tested positive for cocaine use, and her husband gave her an ultimatum: either get sober, or never see the kids again. By the time he was an adult, Christian was lost. He wanted to please his dad, be a doctor like him, but his dad just wanted him to be happy. Christian moved to Chicago and began working in restaurants, a culture which led him into the same downward spiral of addiction that his mom suffered through. He couldn’t find redemption, until he found a story – and a welcome, a place to sit at the table. He found it in food, a shared table with his loving mother. Check it out in the clip below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.