There have been other moments along the way when just the right words popped out of my mouth at just the right time. As with my words to Lauren, the statement I made to "Demetrius" this past Sunday startled me. We were conversing about his situation and his growing frustration with continuing to be there. I looked at him and said: "You Can't Live Here Forever but You Can Die Here Forever." Demetrius and I both paused in our conversation for a moment to simultaneously and independently ponder what I just said. Speaking only for myself here, it was a moment where I startled myself.
"You Can't Live Here Forever but You Can Die Here Forever."
No one lives in these bridge communities forever. They move on by way of jail time or entering detox and working on recovery. Others continue their lifestyle somewhere else within the general area or move way far away. They don't live there forever.
Many people don't survive their addiction. Of the three people who I've come to know within Emerald City who I know have died, each represents a 'category' so to speak of how people die as a result of addiction.
Intellectually, these intelligent men and women who I love in the name of Jesus know of these three broad categories of ways they may die forever. As I've pointed out in various blogs, there is a war going on within these people who are just like you and me in so many ways. It is a war that is trying to keep them addicted. Here are two of those blogs:
If you are reading this and you are addicted and homeless, please know that you are loved in the Name of Jesus. Please reach deep into your soul to find the determination to move toward the healing and wholeness that wants to evict your current troubles and move back into your life. Please determine to do what it takes to find healing and not live where you are forever. Please determine to rearrange life so as not to die there forever. You are not alone in this journey. You are loved in the Name of Jesus.
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