“Someone you know by name,
someone you call a friend,
their heart is breaking
because a loved one is trapped
in addiction. They really want
to ask you to pray for them.
But they are afraid of
how you will judge them.”
– Ron Calhoun
She had driven 150 miles to attend the awareness rally. It was the Saturday before Mother’s Day and it would be her first Mother’s Day without her son.
She told the crowd how her son had become addicted, how he had broken the news of his drug use to her and about all the times she had tried to help find treatment for her only child.
She explained that her friends and the people at church found out about his addiction as they learned of his funeral.
While her heart was breaking she never told her friends the truth
A few years later I was speaking at a church meeting, several people came up to me to talk about my work as an advocate for those in addiction. One concerned lady asked me about “those people.” So I told her, “Understand, someone you know by name, someone you call a friend, their heart is breaking because a child or other loved one is trapped in addiction. They really want to ask you to pray for them. But they are afraid of how you will judge them.”
With genuine compassion on her face, she tilted her head and started thinking then thoughtfully said, “No. I don’t think so.”
I didn’t tell her I was having lunch the next day with one of her friends whose daughter had been addicted to opioids for 10 years. It wasn’t until the next year when her friend’s daughter had died of an overdose that she learned the sad truth. Yes, someone you know is living this nightmare every day and they have no one to talk to about it, no one to cry with and no one to pray with them.
Heroin Doesn’t Care so we have to.
CALL TO ACTION: Speak softly, listen with your heart.
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