In a few days it will be Christmas. I know many that read this blog may not celebrate Christmas. I am using this holiday for my point but most do have some special occasions or holidays that bring a strong urge to have family close.
There are parents and families experiencing this holiday time without a loved child. The monster claimed their precious child. Others are experiencing an empty chair at the table hoping that their child finds the strength to slay the monster or at least put the demon at rest. Many others know where their child but bars and glass prevent them from sharing their love.
The pain of this disease is insidious.
No matter how long it is I will never forget the pain and anguish of these parents. Addiction in our son was life altering for me.
Today Alex is doing wonderfully. I can now see pieces of myself in his life. Working steadily each day to provide for a family. Laughter at funny situations in life and closeness to a family that loves him. What more could a father ask for in life, a family that loves together and shares.
This season isn't just a season of hope for christians but for all of us that are not christian hope also springs from us with new starts and new years. It is hard and sometimes almost painful to be reminded be we must never forget that where there is life there is hope. Look to the person next to you, that is the hope we need, that is the life we need. Sometimes many things and other are out of control so our only hope is to surround ourselves with the life and love that is at hand.
Happy Holidays to All