Grace is the hope that seeks us out when we are at our worst. It looks forward to the long, hard road ahead. Grace is not worried, even if everything falls apart and everything goes wrong. It is the love of God that does not let go. It brings good out of bad, and it sees hope where there is none. Grace always gives another chance. Grace waits. It stands when you have fallen; it leaves the door open. Grace stays awake for you when you can’t keep your eyes open for another minute, even though you know you should.

— John Zahl

Quick Facts:

  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2014.

  •  Over 7,000 people are sent to hospital emergency rooms a day (American Addiction Centers).

  • Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care (www.drugabuse.gov). 

  • Almost 80 percent of individuals suffering from a substance use disorder in 2014 struggled with an alcohol use disorder, NSDUH

  • Over 7 million Americans in 2014 battled a drug use disorder, per NSDUH.

  • One out of every eight people who suffered from a drug use disorder in 2014, according to NSUDH, struggled with both alcohol and drug use disorders simultaneously.

  • Drug abuse and addiction cost American society close to $200 billion in healthcare, criminal justice, legal, and lost workplace production/participation costs in 2007, the Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) reports.

  • Research from The Rand Corporation shows that people in the United States spend approximately $100 billion annually on cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines.

  •  Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a rise of around 10 percent. Theses overdose deaths have been so steep that they have contributed to reductions in the country’s life expectancy over the last three years. Life expectancy at birth has fallen by nearly four months, and drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for adults under 55 (Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017, New York Times. Accessed August 15, 2018).

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Where is God's Grace in the Wilderness?

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“Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
    hear, that your soul may live”
— Isaiah 55
 
Generous in love—God, give grace!
    Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
    soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
    my sins are staring me down.

You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
    it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
    whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time,
    in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
    Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.
— Psalm 51
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