Take heed of drug ad­vice, be dili­gent in help­ing chil­dren

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Sev­eral months ago our son died of a drug over­dose, and we’re still over­whelmed with sad­ness and guilt. We didn’t even re­al­ize he was into drugs un­til it was too late. I don’t know why I’m writ­ing, but maybe you can urge par­ents to be more alert.

Thank you for your let­ter; may it en­cour­age oth­ers to be more alert to this dan­ger. The Bi­ble re­minds us that “the wise lis­ten to ad­vice” (Proverbs 12:15).

Los­ing a child is surely one of the most painful or­deals any par­ent will ever ex­pe­ri­ence, and my heart goes out to you and your fam­ily. Let me as­sure you, how­ever, that God also knows what you’re go­ing through, and even in the midst of your deep­est heartache may you dis­cover his peace. Je­sus’ promise is for you: “My peace I give you” (John 14:27). Drug ad­dic­tion con­tin­ues to be a ter­ri­ble scourge in our so­ci­ety, and I can’t imag­ine the evil that grips the minds and hearts of those who seek to lure oth­ers into drugs. And you’re right: par­ents need to know the warn­ing signs of drug or al­co­hol abuse, and take steps to in­ter­vene. Ig­nor­ing prob­lems or sim­ply hop­ing they’ll go away ac­com­plishes noth­ing; of­ten the most lov­ing thing we can do for our chil­dren is to give them clear di­rec­tion.

Par­ents also need to know who their chil­dren’s friends are, and how they are spend­ing their free time; teens can be eas­ily in­flu­enced by oth­ers. They al­ways need to know, how­ever, that we love them, and be­cause we love them we deeply care what hap­pens to them. Most of all, we need to pray for them, and urge them to com­mit their lives to Je­sus and his plan for their lives. May this be true of you as well.

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