At some point during the year, I sit down and come up with a list of topics that I think people will want to write and read about in The Messenger for the upcoming year. Last year was no exception, but when I presented the topic list, my manager was insistent on having recovery as the theme of one issue. I was hesitant – it’s a very personal topic and I wasn’t sure how, or even if, people would respond in an open and real way.
I’ll admit, when the word recovery comes up, I immediately think of rehab and a drug or alcohol addiction. I’m fortunate this is not something I have much experience with in my own life so far. But as I was writing the prompts for our writers, God led me in another direction:
What is something the Lord has healed in your life? In your family? Was there something in your life preventing you from fullness in a relationship with Christ or with others? What did your life look like before healing and recovery? After?
It isn’t about addiction, necessarily. It’s about how God has taken something broken and healed you.
Still, I was nervous sending out my call for stories. I recognized that recovery can be a taboo topic for people – but that it is also an incredible opportunity to see the strength of God. The stories that follow are incredible testaments to God’s presence and faithfulness. My hope is that you will read this issue and see that God can work in any situation, with any person, and through ways that are unexpected. I found myself asking, “If God can work in this person/place/way, why am I holding back from asking for help?”
Jeremiah 17:14: “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed, save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”
Katie McRoberts, Editor-in-Chief
The Messenger will be changing this fall! Thank you to everyone who completed a survey and gave feedback. We appreciate it very much! We will be moving to bimonthly issues with a heavier emphasis on stories and how God is working through BelPres to revive the Eastside and beyond. Additionally, the calendar will no longer be featured in The Messenger. Instead, we will be producing a Monthly Ministry Guide that will function as a calendar beginning in September. If you would like to write for The Messenger or you have an idea for a story, please contact me. Thank you for your support!