Pastor Jim Ozier’s adopted son got into drug problems as a teenager. Even after several treatment programs, he still could not shake the addiction. Finally in desperation he attempted to commit suicide and almost succeeded. When he regained consciousness, he was terribly disappointed that he had failed. He told his parents that he would do it again and would succeed. Both of his parents had been through the Walk to Emmaus weekend experience in spiritual growth. Word got out in the Emmaus community about the boy’s plight. Hundreds of people started praying for this young man. Also, they sent hundreds of cards to him, even though they did not know him. A wise Christian psychiatrist managed to extract this promise from the young man: I will not attempt to kill myself until I have written a thank-you note to each of the persons who has written to me.
By the time that hundreds of thank-you cards had been written, he no longer wanted to kill himself. In fact, he was well on his way, with the help of Christ, to conquering the addiction.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).