For all those who feel held captive:
by alcohol, by drugs, by food, by sex, by the internet, by shopping, by anything whose call on your attention is more powerful than the call to health, wholeness, and relationship
You are surrounded by prayer
You are beloved, and you are enough, and the holes you are trying to fill are no bigger than those of your so-together-seeming neighbor (and no more likely to be filled by objects)
The powerlessness you feel is no reason to be ashamed, but a place from which we all, eventually, need to ask for help
It is never too late
Hope is real, recovery happens, relapses are not always the end of the story
And even in the midst of times when we feel run by urges we do not understand, beholden to appetites we know are not life giving, we are loved deeply
The story isn’t over. You are more than your felt needs. You are worthy, no matter what.
We pray you would find in yourself the possibilities God see in you – and be able to look yourself full in the face without mediation, distraction, or numbing
It doesn’t have to be this way. It won’t always be. And if it is, God will still be with you through all of it.