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TOUGH LOVE

I see you through my tears—
my little brother,
my friend;
but you don’t see me.
You scream and rage and fight,
deny your problem,
curse at me.
You cannot hear my prayers, my pleas.
You cannot feel my love.

Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
Wail, all you drinkers of wine.
Joel 1:5a (NIV)

I tell you to get out
until you can be clean
of drugs, of alcohol,
of all those things,
those awful, vile things
that stole my little brother
and left this hurting, lost young man behind.

—Anonymous

 

REFLECT ON “AN ADDICT’S PRAYER”: I need you, Jesus, more than ever. Rescue me from this horrible place. Show me what to do; I will go where you lead me. Help me to be the person you created me to be. I have sinned against you and against the people who love me. Help me beat this addiction. I don’t have another “rock bottom” to hit. I need you to be my rock and my salvation. Help me, Lord! Amen.

—Nathan Combs

 

GO DEEPER

Let this song remind you that God is with you through the storms and temptations of life, for God is “Everything.”

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