Saturdays are a long awaited day around The Renewal Center. It is visitation day! For the first 30 days a lady is not allowed to make phone calls or to have any visits, so when the time comes for those to be allowed, it becomes a precious privilege.
When in active addiction, the relationships in each life are under tremendous strain and destruction. Trust, an essential principle in any relationship is compromised because of the addicts’ behavior. The addict may have lied, stolen, and/or exacted unfulfilled promises and expectations. Those offenses are hard to overcome. Parents, children, siblings and friends stand in the ruinous course that the addict is trodding down, unable to do anything like a helpless spectator. And no doubt they ALL find themselves in a horrific nightmare. But the GOOD NEWS IS….. there is always hope.
God is good! He is faithful! He is merciful! And He restores! Love is a powerful affection that God, families and friends have. And that love is not broken, even in such deep distress.
When a lady comes to Renewal, hope is restored to them and their loved ones. At that moment, the seed of trust begins. As the lady continues on into her recovery, the trust begins to grow. I am always amazed at the goodness of our families and friends and their willingness to trust again and to love again. All that is required is for someone to help themselves.
Visiting days with families here at Renewal are a special time, where each party gains the reassurance of changed hearts. And those damaged relationships begin to heal.