For all who take a moment to read this post, I ask you to take another moment and ask God to help those recovering to stay strong through the holidays and beyond. Pray that God will remove pitfalls from their path, from those whose hearts are bent on evil and intend to tempt the recovering to returning to their addiction for their profit.
It may be hard to believe that during this time of year regarded as "holy," the addicted and the drinker struggles intensify. drinking parties, football games, and melancholy draw their attention, temptation looms over their thoughts, "maybe I can just have a couple." Yielding to one or two drinks or one little stop at the dope house, may be their final trip.
Anheuser Busch, Miller, as well as the makes of Crown Royal, Absolut, et al, would love to see you yield to the temptation. Since you stopped boozin' their stock dropped. "Drink Responsibly," their ad says. That means get drunk with our brand, but we have to say that in our ad so everyone thinks we are making the product only because people like the flavor...oh yeah, so you cannot sue us either. The holidays make these companies rich, which isn't their aim. They just want to give the people what they want. What a kind service.
But also be prayerful for those with anger issues, families divided from bitter sibling rivalries, or from differing views how to raise children, from inheritances unequally divided. Those examples are not a rarity, most families have similar issues from their beginnings. Siblings often feel they do not get the attention the parents show to the other. Dysfunctional, non-communicating parents add fuel to the fire. Sadly, their anger and bitterness is passed to their children too.
So pray for God's peace in your family, and those families you are acquainted with. Do something different, read the account of Christ's birth in Luke 2, before opening presents or engorging yourselves with food. Try to see into the life of those around you, offer your ear, your shoulder, your help. These are real gifts that last eternally. We really don't know their struggles or what they may be facing in life. It isn't to spread their problems all over town, but to be Jesus to them. A burden shared is half a burden.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.