Jul 6, 2010

Huge foe....this heroin. It sucks balls and I mean that in the most Christ-like manner.

I'm dying here. Not willing to see another die. I am kicking and screaming. Pleading. Imploring. Begging. On my knees. Face down.

He was baptized, Lord...in Your name. The story of Jonah & the Whale is his favorite.

Lord, You & You alone know. You & You alone see the heart.

Help him.

Help my unbelief.


gs thorne said...

Heading the wrong way, Lost at Sea, consumed by monster, may it spew him on a new shore of God's calling, praying with you brother

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Steve said...

It might be prudent to know that your blog is visible and accessible to anyone in the world. Because of your personality and charisma, many people are drawn to you and hold true to the things that you say or in this case type. It is highly inappropriate to post the words in your last blog entry about Damon. There is no possible way to view that in " a Christlike manner"
Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians:
Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

I understand the pain your are undertaking and I by no means want to underscore that and I hope and pray for his situation to turn towards the Lord.

bradley said...

Wow Steve...is it possible that what was written here could actually be edifying and encouraging to someone struggling with drug addiction and/or the issues involved/consequences etc.?
Found Calvin's commentary on the verse you cited...Eph.4:29

He states that the filthy language refers to language or expressions that inflame lust. Is what Dawn typed...something that would inflame lust for Heroin?...or balls for that matter? ("This Sucks Balls" of course is a slang term...referring to extreme displeasure in circumstance or a wanting to be anywhere else, doing anything else)

Let me ask...could what she typed actually be edifying to someone...ie.recognizing heroin as a horrible thing? As it says below in the commentary...
"if it be useful"
TO EDIFY IS TO CARRY FORWARD...to explain the manner in which this is done, he adds, that it may impart grace to the hearers, meaning by the word grace, COMFORT, ADVICE, and everything that aids the salvation of the soul. I believe Dawn was pointing out that Heroin is indeed BAD and encouraging a turning away...or possibly that it would disappear from those in her life...that are struggling. I view it kinda like the term "filthy rags" used to make a vivid point in Isaiah...the Hebrew translation is...bloody tampons. No offense taken here...
I think she pretty much nailed it!

29. No filthy speech. He first forbids believers to use any filthy language, including under this name all those expressions which are wont to be employed for the purpose of inflaming lust. Not satisfied with the removal of the vice, he enjoins them to frame their discourse for edification. In another Epistle he says, “Let your speech be seasoned with salt.” (Col 4:6.) Here a different phrase is employed, if any (speech) be good to the use of edifying, which means simply, if it be useful. The genitive, of use, may no doubt be viewed, according to the Hebrew idiom, as put for an adjective, so that for the edification of use (πρὸς οἰκοδομὴν τὢς χρείας) may mean for useful edification; but when I consider how frequently, and in how extensive a meaning, the metaphor of edifying occurs in Paul’s writings, I prefer the former exposition. The edification of use will thus mean the progress of our edification, for to edify is to carry forward. To explain the manner in which this is done, he adds, that it may impart grace to the hearers, meaning by the word grace, comfort, advice, and everything that aids the salvation of the soul.

bradley said...

I guess Paul also used some language...that some might accuse of being vulgar to make a vivid point.

the meaning of "skubala" in the Greek.


this is a great post

ἀλλὰ μενοῦνγε καὶ ἡγοῦμαι πάντα ζημίαν εἶναι διὰ τὸ ὑπερέχον τῆς γνώσεως Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ τοῦ κυρίου μου, διὃν τὰ πάντα ἐζημιώθην, καὶ ἡγοῦμαι σκύβαλα, ἵνα Χριστὸν κερδήσω...

But indeed I also consider everything to be loss on account of the surpassing knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, on account of whom I forfeited all things; and I consider them shit so that I may gain Christ...

David said...

Steve, I do not believe we know one another so I will attempt to tone this down and be as loving as I can. For you to say; "There is no possible way to view that in " a Christlike manner"" it is very clear that you do not know the depths of evil, horrific pain, utter hopelessness and true demoralization addiction can lay upon those that are addicted and those that love them. I pray for you that you never do. Take it from one who knows all too well. Not only is the statement absolutely on target it is probably a bit understated. I can only dream of having a heart as pure as Dawn. Somehow I don't think your comments were meant to be as judgmental as they appear, At least I hope that is the case. But, if our Savior and Loving Jesus were to post a comment here I don't think it would be judging or condemning at all. He probably wouldn't even quote scripture. My guess is it would be something so consoling, nurturing and loving both of us would weep at our pettiness. May the One True God bless you and lead you to be more supportive of those in need. David

familygregg said...

Somebody out there is reading the same Bible I'm reading.

Johnna said...

I love you Dawn, and I'm praying for you. Thank you so much for being such an amazing example of a godly woman of Christ.

Lori and Alexandra said...

Dawn and Bradley,
You are both speaking from your heart in truth and I will continue to pray for Damon. The problem I have found with many "Christians" is that have not been touched by this sort of real life stuff that happens each day in our world. I find that many people don't want to deal with the tough stuff in church.....drug addiction, divorce, porn, etc. It's not about us- it's about helping the walking wounded in our community and preaching the gospel. We are all wretched sinners and living with the consequences of our sin. Dawn- you are one very amazing woman of God and you always keep it real. The bottom line: if we call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ- we should be on our knees in prayer for Damon and other's who are struggling with this terrible addiction. We love them with all our heart and wait patiently to see what God is going to do in their lives.....Clinging to HIM, Lori

Gwenn said...

The multiple means through and by which God reminds us that He has his hand on all of us, in all circumstances, for all time and for His glory are more than remarkable. They are miracles. They are miracles because of the depths He must continually travel to reach the deepest, darkest places of our heart to bring us back into the light where we can see truth and purpose.