WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017

Drug Addiction in the Family

There were five of us sitting around the breakfast table eating homemade fig preserves on toast, coffee in hand, enjoying golden conversation about bygone days.  It’s Sunday morning.  The anticipation of church today brought about reflections of past church times, and childhood stories cranked up our day.

Imagine my surprise when my 85-year-old father-in-law made an alarming confession to a childhood drug problem.  Dead silence. … There were five of us sitting around the breakfast table eating homemade fig preserves on toast, coffee in hand, enjoying golden conversation about bygone days.  It’s Sunday morning.  The anticipation of church today brought about reflections of past church times, and childhood stories cranked up our day.

Imagine my surprise when my 85-year-old father-in-law made an alarming confession to a childhood drug problem.  Dead silence.  This was news to all of us.  Trying to maintain my high-pedestal respect for this devout Christian man, I managed a response to break the hush. “I never knew that about you, Daddy.”

“Yes,” he went on, “my mother drug me to church every Sunday.”  Relief and laughter flooded the room.  Our preconceived notion of “drug issues” was perfect bait for his snare.

The humorous profoundness spurred discussion about the grave responsibility heaped on mothers throughout the ages. Mr. Oglesby’s father was murdered and his mother was left with 13 children to rear, and she did it in a godly manner. Our comments led to how interesting it is that God placed the spiritual leadership of the home in the lap of the fathers, however, in a large percentage of homes – those single-parent homes and the ones with dads in place, it is the mother who is the driving force behind this inclination.

Our dialogue turned quickly to the concern of the plight of families today.  Much of the time, it is the children in the home who call the shots.  Perhaps it is time for us to get back to the innocent drug problem our grandfathers knew – that of being “drug to church” each Sunday.  Moms and/or dads are welcome candidates to initiate this drug addiction.

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