As people of faith, we know that we’re kidding ourselves if we expect those who follow Jesus to always be clean and trouble-free. Life has never been like that. Our church community is where we can find a safety net, a hand to hold, someone to listen to us as we reveal what our life is really all about. Church is a place where we can find people who can help show us that God can and will break through.
Addiction locks doors, forcing its victims into shamed, frightened silence. As people of God, we are called to help bring light into those places. We are called to bring the peace and grace that Jesus offers to those who have experienced the pain and fear of addiction.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: Addiction transfer” by Brooke Petersen in the August 2007 issue of Café magazine.