There are many in our community who struggle with addiction, destructive behavior and other forms of damaging behaviors. I’ve been there, and it is not a pretty place to be. I've listened to all the well-intentioned people offer help and advice. I have been clean only to relapse. Friends of mine have died, some are clean, some are in prison, and some continue the spiral down still today. Some feel that like their life feels hopeless and leading nowhere, but there is hope.
Our stories are powerful! The story of victory and failure brings hope and humanizes an issue that many do not believe is as prevalent as it really is. You see, those who are in the life of addiction and other destructive behaviors need support, positive community and need hope. Addiction and self-destruction is not a respecter of people and can affect all people. I am clean today because of God and a community of people who believed I was worth the effort and believed I was better than how I was behaving. That is what I would like to bring to Belding with Reflection Group.
To start off, we will be meeting the second and forth Thursdays on each month in our church fellowship room. This will be a group that meet to help spread the hope of God, restoration and second, third, and fourth chances. We will emphasize that God makes all things new. There is power in our own stories of redemption that can breathe life into the lives of others.
He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. – Psalm 107:14.
God can break the chains that hold us down, that keep us from reflecting Him to the world. There is no person who is too far gone for the redemptive power of God. I ask that you would join us in prayer that these groups can aid in people breaking the chains of addiction and destructive behavior and bring people to an understanding of God’s salvation and love.