Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Today

Well,
Today we did some marriage counseling. Normie and an addict.
Not sure which has more issues.
Neither communicate.
Gets you down sometimes seeing all the pain.
But I see people trying and seeking to get well.
Talked to the program boss and a guy who has been my chapel beneficiary for six months.
These is the beginnings of a success story.
I guess I'm a little afraid.
An advocate went on vacation called in today he used.
Its just frustrating to see the cycle continue.
Are doing something wrong?
Is there anything we can do better?
I just don't know.
Did we miss something?
Where there signs we just did not see?
I wish I knew.
I wish I knew.
I just wonder when it will happen again.
Who is next?
Who is next?
I hope no one.
But I know better.
I know better.

3 Comments:

Bill said,

"Its just frustrating to see the cycle continue.
Are doing something wrong?
Is there anything we can do better?
I just don't know.
Did we miss something?
Where there signs we just did not see?
I wish I knew."

I wish I knew, too. "For it is not an enemy who taunts me...but it is...my familiar friend...within God's house we walked in the throng." (Psalm 55:12,13,14). Crack addict came to church, came clean, I did ministry with him, I ate with him in his home and he in mine, we did Bible study, we played music at open-airs, we gave him a job in our Thrift Store, made him manager. He started using again. Twice forgiven. The next time $600 was missing from the safe. He left because we couldn't let him do ministry anymore. Today he sits in county jail. I ache even as I write this,
"Its just frustrating to see the cycle continue.
Are doing something wrong?
Is there anything we can do better?
I just don't know.
Did we miss something?
Where there signs we just did not see?
I wish I knew."

By Blogger glorybound9, at 10:22 AM  

Incidentally, don't want to leave the wrong impression-he sits in county jail unrelated to the missing $600. That happened last year about this time. He stopped coming to the Corps about February.

By Blogger glorybound9, at 10:53 AM  

Bill,

In the area of substance abuse, some will recover, some will relapse, and some will die.

Signs may be missed, but it is more than likely the person continues to make poor choices.

Could be that the addiction affects the mind which seems to be where it harbors and waits? Some treatment is able to touch the body, but does not affect the mind.
Even then, the person has to deal with behaviorial modification to end the addiction. Some comes to know Jesus Christ and He fills the void in their lives and they walk away from the addiction never to be bothered again. Others so affected must fight addiction for a lifetime.

To keep from growing cynical, you have to realize that you help all you can to draw that person toward every help to keep them sober and substance free. For some it will take, for others it will not. But, someone, somewhere will become substance free. You are always working toward that end.

As a Salvation Army, you are hoping and praying that they will come to accept Jesus Christ as Savior in the process. He is the real lifechanger and if you have been the one to lead the person to Him, you have provided a lifeboat.

All the helps to maintain sobriety are oars. The person has to use them and not throw them away if they are going to stay in recovery.
You have shown them the oars they need, but they have to decide how and when to use them. They make the final decision.

God bless you, Bill for the ministry you are doing. It does have eternal consequences and God must be pleased because you are doing something very important and wonderfully constructive in the lives of people.

L. Michael Fletcher

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