Recovery Meditation #12

The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible person will not hesitate to use them. Didn’t a tree once make bitter water fit to drink, so that the Lord’s power might be known? (See Exodus 15.23-25*) He gave medical knowledge to human beings, so that we would praise him for the miracles he performs. The druggist mixes these medicines, and the doctor will use them to cure diseases and ease pain. There is no end to the activities of the Lord, who gives health to the people of the world. Sirach 38: 4-8**

The Lord created both the medicine and the physician. It is a right and good thing to use these creations of the Lord in seeking relief from your addiction. What we might call a miracle of medicine is really a miracle of God. I urge you to listen to the wisdom of Sirach. Although, it usually takes a combination of psychological, spiritual and medical interventions for the successful treatment of addiction, there is no doubt that medications can work miracles.

Pray: Dear God, I need the counselors you provide, I need my brothers and sisters who suffer with addiction, I need the medications you have brought forth, I need the physicians you have breathed life into; but, most of all God, I need you. I need the healing that only you can provide. Touch me Lord, heal me. Amen.

*When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the
people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a
piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. Exodus 15:25
**The Book of Sirach is known as a “wisdom book” . It is accepted as part of the Christian biblical canon by Catholics,
Eastern Orthodox, and most of Oriental Orthodox but not by protestants. Thus it is found in the Catholic Bible but not
in the Protestant Bible.

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