Christmas and the coming New Year

Wow, I didn’t realize how long I’ve been away.  Thanks to everyone who has visited here — for your support and for sharing your stories.  I’m glad we have an online community to reach out to in times of trial.

As Christmas approaches, with the onset of a New Year right behind, I thought I’d give an update and a word of hope.

Dan is in jail for the second time.  The court process has been encouraging though.  We got a good prosecutor who seems to understand Dan’s plight.  He has dropped all but one charge, and has recommended Dan for a diversion program.  So, if Dan is able to comply with court orders and direction for however long (a couple of years I suppose), he will emerge with a clean record. 

As for Dan’s point of view — he’s been in jail for a month.  While there, some people have told him some not-so-pretty stories about prison life.  He does not want to go to prison!  That threat, and the possibility of a clean record, have (I think) given him much more motivation to recover than he had before.  But what do we know about addicts?  They are very good liars.  so I’ll believe it when I see it.  Still, I’m allowing myself a glimmer of hope.

Heck, it’s Christmastime!  Dan gets out of jail on a new, lower bond on Tuesday — into residential rehab on Wednesday.  Friday is Christmas and we will be thankful that he has another chance to put his life on a new track.  I pray and pray and pray for him.  And whenever I drive past the jail, I stop and pray some more.  Sometimes it’s all a mother can do.  But the Bible tells us that God honors a mother’s prayers (or so I’m told…I don’t know where that is in the Bible. Hm. I’ll let you know).

I am ready for a new year.  I believe 2010 will be a year of healing — not just for my family, but for many, many families.  That’s what I’m looking for.  Healing stories of 2010.  🙂

God bless you all and have a wonderful, love-filled holiday season!


8 responses to “Christmas and the coming New Year

  1. It is the fear of prison and the loss of all enablers that shook my brother straight. He said he knew that not one door would open. He’d burned everybody. He was knee deep in legal trouble. A drug addiction robbed him of everything he owned. He went from driving a porsche to picking up pennies on the side of the road. He became homeless, helpless, ruthless and very sick. We prayed. He was sitting in a jail cell and woke up with the sense that something was on his face. It was his cellmate spitting on him. A little taste of the prison life he would surely live out if he kept doing drugs. The court system had leniency, put him in a drug program and he finally listened, way after everyone had lost hope. Fast forward twenty+ years. He used the word ‘happy’ to describe how he feels recently. Your prayers make a difference.

  2. Hi, Thanks for commenting on my blog (! I left a couple of replies for you in case you want to read them, including the name of a long term residential treatment program that accepts people who are in medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine/Suboxone.

    My best to you and your son,


  3. I pray that your son finds his way out.

  4. Thanks for the posting.
    My prayers are with you and your family. I am glad to hear Dan is seeing some clarity about where his life could end up if he doesn’t clean up and work on his recovery.
    Merry Christmas

  5. You have a great blog here. It’s a very interesting read. I have a blog myself which provides inspiration and guidance to people all around the world. Life is hard enough, and I’m hoping for my blog to be a place where people can go to hear the words the words they need to hear in order to brighten up their day.

    I’d like to exchange links with you to help spread some traffic around. Please let me know if this is possible.


  6. Praying for your son along with all the recovery addicts and there parents.

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