As the mom of a daughter who struggles with alcohol and drugs, anxiety and self harm, is bipolar, has been raped and suicidal numerous times, my wants during the holidays are few. If I could be a child again I’d climb up onto Santa’s lap and have a very different kind of wish list this year. Maybe you would, too. Material things mean nothing if one of our children is suffering. Their pain is our pain. We grieve over their losses. Our lives have been profoundly affected. We will never be the same. What do you really want for Christmas hurting mom or dad?
My list is more like a prayer.
All I want for Christmas is:
1) A “do over” for my daughter. To be able to turn the clock back and let her start over again;
“… Into the middle of impossible messes — comes the Messiah who makes the miracles possible.” (Ann Voskamp)
Does your child’s life look like an impossible mess? Are they so trapped in addictive behaviors and destructive relationships that it looks like there’s no way out? Alcohol and drug addiction, an eating disorder, mental illness, a jail sentence, same-sex relationship, pornography, self-harm. Is all you see impossibilities – in their life and in yours, too?
Find comfort in knowing