Peace, Be Still — Reflections & Resources

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At the close of our series on Addiction Recovery, we’d like to thank everyone who contributed and made this series possible. It has been an inspiring and humbling experience to hear your stories and reflect on your faith and courage. We also recognize that there are many of you out there who are going through similar things and are exhibiting similar faith and courage in your lives, day by day and sometimes minute by minute. May God bless you.

We have learned so much from you. As one of our contributors wrote, “Addiction has been my greatest teacher. What I have learned are not addiction lessons, they are life lessons.” These lessons are for all of us, and we’d like to close this series by reflecting on some of what we’ve learned.

Each of our contributors, despite feeling hopeless and lost, experienced pinpricks of light that brought hope into their darkest hours. These heaven-sent, distinctly personal messages were invitations sent just in time to renew their hope in the power to change.

We are all deficient. The Lord uses other words, including “weak,” “thirsty,” “hungry,” and “heavy laden.” To some degree or another, we are all looking for something. Our fall to earth and our subsequent journey here has chipped us and cracked us a little, and we all need to be made whole. We seek bravery from without, but quake from uncertainty deep within. 12 Step Programs help addicts to confront themselves with naked honesty. Here we all have an opportunity to admit that we are fallen and need a higher power. Here is an opportunity to make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. We inevitably come to realize that we have made mistakes in trying to compensate for our deficiencies.

And so we see that we all require healing through the power of Jesus Christ. Addiction is like an angry storm that overwhelms and brutalizes the human soul. And yet, each of our contributors, despite feeling hopeless and lost, experienced pinpricks of light that brought hope into their darkest hours. These heaven-sent, distinctly personal messages were invitations sent just in time to renew their hope in the power to change. This change requires humility and ongoing accountability. But we are reminded that our Savior never leaves us. He is with us in the darkness, and He has the power to subdue the tempest outside and from within. While we may fail again and again; while we may be incapable of ever making full restitution for the wrongs we have done; while we will never measure up in all the ways we think we should, let us remember that Christ uses our imperfect scraps of faith and somehow heals us, give us direction and purpose, brings us peace, and brings us home.

We need each other because we need to both receive and give love to ever really heal. We need to forgive and be forgiven to be made whole. And we need to know that we can make a difference in someone else’s life for good.

We need each other. Shafts of light are sent by God to lift our eyes, but it is the arms of friends and family that we fall into as we stumble our way back to safety. Not a single one of our contributors managed recovery on his or her own. We need to know that no matter how broken we are, we are worthy of love. There comes a point when we actually crave the relief of confession and making restitution for our wrongs. We need each other because we need to both receive and give love to ever really heal. We need to forgive and be forgiven to be made whole. And we need to know that we can make a difference in someone else’s life for good.

We hope you will take the time to go back and reread our feature articles (alcohol, eating disorder, pornography parts one and two, drug and alcohol, and heroin). Take time to visit the LDS 12 Step Addiction Recovery website and check out more helpful resources we have listed below. Share with a friend. As the Spirit directs, possibly take the opportunity, as some of us here at The Small Seed have, to begin working through the 12 Step program yourselves. We know that as you draw your heart out toward your Savior, you will feel His gentle admonition in return: “Peace, Be Still.” God bless you, dear friends.

— The Small Seed Team


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