One of the most devastating things have experienced as a pastor is to see several of my parishioners overdose on opiates. Thanks be to God they survived, but the painful consequences of opiate addiction continue to reverberate in the lives of these people and their families to this day. When I came to the Hustisford/Horicon area I was under the delusion that things were better here in central Wisconsin, but that delusion was dispelled rather quickly. I came across this book review of The Dark Dreamland of America’s Opiate Epidemic, and I was challenged to pray for God to show us ways we can reach out help our neighbors live faithful, fruitful, and God honoring lives, in the face of pain and addiction.
I encourage you to do a couple of things:
- Read the review of The Dark Dreamland of America’s Opiate Epidemic by clicking HERE
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to your friends and neighbors who may be struggling with this issue
- Meet with me, and let’s discern how we can reach out to the people around us with the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15.