To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter for many reasons. First, our outreach: Faces of Hope would like to share to all those interested to come to a community-wide prayer meeting monthly. We will be meeting the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. starting April 11, at the Rotary Park gazebo in Laconia. We want to meet as a community of believers and pray for our neighbors in all surrounding areas who have been touched by the addiction issues. We ask the local churches to please join us. If you are not a believer please feel free to come and listen. If you are in need of prayer we would be honored to do that for you, with you, or whatever you are comfortable with. We desire to bring hope and love and unity in our community.
Second and most important, I would like to share with you regarding the loss of one of our own dear friend's son. She has asked to add to this letter the words she wished her son could have heard. Many times words of love are said but the noise and prison of the addiction is far too loud to hear. These are her words for her son and her hope for those reading:
To my son: I miss you so much my beautiful son. It wasn't supposed to be this way. Drug addiction has taken you from us but it will NEVER EVER define who God created you to be and every memory I have of you is happy, pleasant and beautiful. You would ask me in your dark moments after being revived from overdosing, "why am I here" and I told you that God has a purpose for your life and even though drug addiction tried it's hardest to steal that purpose from you it failed miserably because you did turn to the Lord in your last days. The very thing that tried to pull you away from God's love is exactly the thing that drew you to Him. You are alive in heaven surrounded by pure love and you are free, honey. We will be together again. So with your purpose, son, I am reaching out to anybody who is an addict and anybody affected by addiction to let you know that you are truly loved and being prayed for everyday by me and many others. The Lord has answered everyone of my prayers and I know the battle with drug addiction will be conquered. Please know that their is a mighty and loving God who knows your pain and who wants to help you. All you have to do is ask Him for the help you need and He will never disappoint you. He loves you so much.
God's word promises in Psalm 71:20-21, "Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up, you will increase my honor and comfort me once again"
I love you my son and I send my love to all who are affected by drug addiction. Ma
The Bible says in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy." Is this not what we are seeing in the workings of the recent spike in addictions and deaths? Not only is the person destroyed who is using but it destroys everyone connected to them. The second part of that verse is the good news, "I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
The Lord has put it on my heart to share with you all 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Even if you don't believe in God, do you not see how desperately we need a healing in our land? For those who do believe, are we ready to get on our knees and be obedient to the Lord, repent and pray? I pray we will open our doors to our churches & truly love people even when we don't agree or understand. I pray that we will stop being so loud about what we are against and be known for what we are for, for what and who we love. I ask you brothers and sisters to join us. Let us join together in love and in agreement that only the Lord can bring us out of this pit. We need to seek answers as to what we need to be doing for these folks and their families to support them and love them not just today, but tomorrow.
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