Recovery. This past year has been traumatic for many of us. As we round the corner into the new year, I want to reflect on what we are leaving behind.
“There once was a woman who had ten valuable silver coins. When she lost one of them, she swept her entire house, diligently searching every corner of her house for that one lost coin. When she finally found it, she gathered all her friends and neighbors for a celebration, telling them, ‘Come and celebrate with me! I had lost my precious silver coin, but now I’ve found it.’ (Luke 15:8-9 TPT)
Recovery- finding what has been lost.
When you think about 2019 what comes to mind? Some things we cannot get back. We have experienced several deaths in our community. Some have lost relationships, jobs, health. When we experience trauma or loss, our survival instincts go into overdrive. We put our own needs in the back corner just to survive.
We are families in recovery.
Jesus told the parable of the lost coin. A woman had ten beautiful, valuable coins. They were important to her. What are your coins? What are the things in life you hold as important? Family perhaps?
As I think about this question, I am reminded about a recovery truth- I am important too.
The events of 2019 have been hard in many ways. In order to survive the constant busy- ness and crisis, have you put yourself in a back corner? Have you lost a valuable coin? Yourself?
In the parable, the woman began to do everything possible to find her lost treasure. We are not told how long it took her. She did not give up until she found it.
What have you lost? Can you put this into words? Recovery is about seeking and finding the parts of ourselves that have been lost. Trauma, grief, substance abuse, depression- they are tools that the enemy uses to attempt to steal something valuable. You.
What better way to end 2019 than to defeat the enemy’s plan? He has been working hard to destroy families and distract us from moving forward. We have been so busy surviving that we sometimes have forgotten who we are!
We are families in recovery. We will continue to sweep our houses until we find what has been lost. It is still there, it is just hidden.
I pray that the miracle of Christmas will shine the light on your lost coin! I have found mine!I had lost my precious silver coin, but now I’ve found it.’ (Luke 15:8-9 TPT)
Merry Christmas from Families in Recovery!
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