I am swaying a bit from my subject matter these days ... my sugar withdrawals ... for a moment of reflection. Last night I was contacted by an individual who needed prayer for her son who is struggling with addiction. This hit closer to home than I care to admit. I drafted a prayer for her to commit saying daily and I provided some Bible scriptures for her. What I really wanted to do was simply get in my car, drive to her house, and hug her. I want her to know she is not alone in this battle. If we spent the day loving on those who are effected by addiction, directly or indirectly, there would not be enough hours in the day. Sadly, the heroin epidemic is overwhelming and getting worse daily. Addiction to prescription drugs is overlooked but just as deadly. Food addictions, people addictions, any addiction is just as bad as another. Addiction is addiction. One may appear worse than another, but to the one being effected or the one suffering, there is no difference. Pain comes in all sizes and definitions, but the pain we feel individually is the same ... it hurts!!!
As I am working in my office today, I came across an article I kept from some years ago. I am sure many of you have read it, but I felt strongly to share it again. Here it is:
I destroy homes, tear families apart -
Take your children and that is just the start.
I am more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold -
The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.
And if you need me, remember I am easily found.
I live all around you, in schools and in town.
I live with the rich, I live with the poor,
I live down the street, and maybe next door.
My power is awesome - try me, you will see;
But if you do, you may never break free.
Just try me once and I might let you go,
But try me twice, and I will own your soul.
When I possess you, you will steal and you will lie.
You will do what you have to just to get high.
The crimes you will commit, for my narcotic charms, will be worth the pleasure you will feel in your arms.
You will lie to your mother; you will steal from your dad.
When you see their tears, you should feel sad,
But you will forget your morals and how you were raised.
I will be your conscience; I will teach you my ways.
I take kids from parents, and parents from kids.
I turn people from God, and separate from friends.
I will take everything from you, your looks and your pride.
I will be with you always, right by your side.
You will give up everything - your family, your home, your friends, your money, then you will be alone.
I will take and I will take, till you have nothing more to give.
When I am finished with you, you will be lucky to live.
If you try me, be warned this is no game.
If given the chance, I will drive you insane.
I will ravish your body, I will control your mind.
I will own you completely; your soul will be mine.
The nightmares I will give you while lying in bed.
The voices you will hear from inside your head.
The sweats, the shakes, the visions you will see.
I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.
But then it is too late, and you will know in your heart that you are mine, and we shall not part.
You will regret that you tried me; they always do.
But you came to me, not I to you.
You knew this would happen.
Many times you were told, but you challenged my power and chose to be bold.
You could have said no and just walked away.
If you could live that day over, now what would you say?
I will be your master; you will be my slave.
I will even go with you, when you go to your grave.
Now that you have me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not?
It is all up to you.
I can bring you more misery than words can tell.
Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell.
I will write more later today and share how my sugar withdrawal is going. For now, let's take a moment to hold in prayer those who are suffering from addictions and those who are being effected by these addictions. The numbers are mind boggling!!!! Won't you commit to praying for them daily? We all need to join together.
Love you all,
Janet Molton Nicholson