The scripture for today is 1 Samuel 2:21-25.
23 Eli said to them, “I have been hearing reports from all the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning? 24 You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the Lord’s people are not good. 25 If someone sins against another person, God[b] can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede?” But Eli’s sons wouldn’t listen to their father, for the Lord was already planning to put them to death.
If you are a parent whose child struggles with addiction, I know your heart is going out to Eli in this story. We beg, plead, cry, try tough love and ultimatums. We spend our last dime on treatments, interventions, and counselors. Sometimes it helps for a little while, but most of the time it feels like they are deliberately not listening. I know, it is an illness but at the same time it hurts in the pit of your heart. You can’t help but feel like you failed as a parent. We let them move back in. Thinking our love will shelter them, that somehow if they are under our roof, we can at least keep them safe. And then the phone call. Despite our every effort, the worst scenario has come true.
Lord, with tears in my eyes and an aching heart, I pray for all those that are touched by this crisis of addiction. Sweep down with your mighty hand and wipe out every source of evil drugs. Holy Spirit embrace those who have already suffered loss and wipe every tear from their eye with your divine comfort. Jesus, gentle Savior, walk beside those in treatment, show them how to lean on you when the going gets tough. Light of the World, I pray, extend your loving hand to those still drowning in addiction and despair. Show them what it is to be a new creation in you. Teach us all about forgiveness and let us find healing in your Word. Amen.
Connie Simmonds firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Those who work in counseling, treatment centers, sponsors and 12-step programs