‘I Learned to Trust in Jesus,’ Magic Johnson Says After 30 Years of Living With HIV

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Magic Johnson. (Photo: Neon Tommy, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday was the 30th anniversary of the stunning announcement from Los Angeles Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson that he had contracted HIV and was retiring from the NBA.

The occasion gave Johnson, now 62, an opportunity to reflect on how he has seen the Lord at work in the three decades since his life-changing diagnosis.

In a series of tweets Sunday afternoon, the Hall of Fame point guard with a beaming smile explained how the sermon he heard that morning resonated with him, how he’s seen God’s blessings in his life and how he’s learned to trust in Jesus with HIV.

“God has really blessed me! Today marks 30 years living with HIV,” one of Johnson’s tweets said. “… I thank the Lord for keeping me, giving me strength, and guiding me for 62 years but especially the last 30.”

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