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“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?

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