Ray Comes For Dinner

No one knocks around here.

If someone wants to see you, they just walk in ( before Covid).

This behaviour seemed rude, and even dangerous when we first arrived from Ontario, but here, we all know each other.

Ray was a regular visitor at our house. He dropped in to say hello, but also, hopefully, to be invited to stay for dinner.

We knew him from the clinic, where he came for health care.

He had started drinking heavily after his wife died, and then developed a problem with alcohol dependence.

But, we never refer to Ray as ‘an Alcoholic’. A person suffering from substance abuse is so much more than just their addiction !

No place has escaped the scourge of the drug epidemic. Here, in the peaceful outport, there is the same human pain which drives desperate people in every community to try to self-medicate with drugs, including alcohol.

Ray’s mom called me last week to ask if I had seen Ray, since no one seems to know where he is right now..

People who suffer from addictions sometimes disappear for a while without telling anyone where they’re going. This is one of the selfish behaviours resulting from their addiction.

I am praying that Ray will return soon.

Jesus asks us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

Who is my neighbour ?

Everyone is my neighbour.

iStock photo.

A quaint fishing village in Newfoundland, Canada. Trinity is one of the best preserved fishing villages on “The Rock.” This gorgeous little seaside town is peppered with colorful, clapboard houses, rustic churches, seaside fishing shacks, and a beautiful and quaint ambiance that dates back hundreds of years. The village is located on the Bonavista Peninsula and is a couple hours drive from St. John’s, which is the capital city of the Canadian province of Newfoundland/Labrador. This scenic image was taken in fall at sunset with Trinity Harbour in the distance.

41 thoughts on “Ray Comes For Dinner

  1. For some life can have devastating personal occurrences through no fault of their own. It obviously can be very difficult to recover. Some put forth a great effort. Some try but simply don’t have the strength. They need real support. The Lord Jesus provides such. He said all things are possible with God. He has made Himself available through His Holy Spirit. Would that more Christian organizations and churches were as Upper Rooms where the fullness of the Lord is present. He can heal every hurt and fill in every empty place. He can fill anyone and everyone with His Joy.

    Praying for Ray. Blessings to you Sally. Thanks for a heartfelt post.

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    1. Thanks, so much, RJ.
      My observation with traditional churches is that they are places where people associate with people who are just like them.
      Of course, God loves everyone, but Jesus came for the lost.
      Yes, Amen, God can indeed fill everyone with joy.
      Let us continue to pray that God, through Jesus, will continue to draw people to Himself. 🌼

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  2. Rightly said everyone is our neighbour & he/she should be loved by us. We should n’t maintain distance… Human being is mortal & we should do some good things in our life. Liked your writing — you are concerned with your neighbour. God bless you..

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  3. Thank you for seeing your friend Ray as more than his addiction. My father and all three of my brothers struggled with alcohol abuse. At times their addiction consumed and controlled their lives. Yet a real person was still inside. Later,when they got sober, the old them came back. Because of my family weakness for alcohol, I do not drink. If I did it would likely become a problem for me. I hope your friend Ray is found soon. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks so much, David, for adding your perspective.
      As you say, ‘the old them’ is still inside a person struggling with alcohol abuse.

      As a volunteer court observer, I see clearly how devastating abusing alcohol and other substances can be to individuals.
      I choose not to drink either, as I’ve observed its effects. πŸŒΌπŸ€—

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    1. Thank-you kindly for your prayers, Alan. I appreciate your concern, and I am sure that Ray’s family is also grateful.
      Blessings and peace to you. πŸŒΌπŸ€—

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      1. Donna – God never ceases to amaze. Thanks so much for your concern.
        Today, we drove past Ray’s house, and the door was open, so we stopped.

        And, out came Ray !
        He seemed moved by the fact that people had been concerned about him, and as we talked, he mentioned God twice in his conversation.
        He had been out of the area, and was staying with someone on the other side of the bay, in another outport.
        God is continually calling people to Himself.
        Again, thanks for your prayers, and your concern. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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