A READER ASKS
“Dear Lord, after years of abusing drugs and alcohol, my sister cleaned up her life—and I’m heartbroken that I can’t be part of it. It’s been over a year since she told me her therapist advised her to move to a new city and cut ties with me because I was a part of her past. Of course I was: Growing up, sometimes all we had was each other. And when she hooked up with a bad crowd in her 20s, I did all I could think of to protect and support her, not knowing I was in way over my head. She got so bad, I prayed that she’d survive long enough to get the help she needed, and I’m thankful beyond words that she finally did. I’d never jeopardize her recovery by forcing myself back into her life. But I miss her so much! It may be years until she feels safe enough to get back in touch with me. How do I deal with this terrible sorrow in the meantime?”
—Peter in his first letter to the exiles, 5:10 NASB
Wisdom of the Word
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. We understand and yet…
When those we love make decisions that take them away from us, we feel like collateral damage. We understand that friends and family are doing what’s best for them by moving away for health reasons, jobs or marriages. Still, it hurts to live without them. How do we find solace?