|My brother Steve in the wolf shirt and his AA sponsor Zim.|
This past weekend my family celebrated the best kind of party with about 50 other guests. It was Year One of my brother, Steve’s sobriety, 365 days alcohol free for the first time since he was a teenager. We had a huge barbeque and just plain celebrated.
My brother’s addiction to alcohol almost killed him several times. He lost so much—his marriage, for a while the love of his children. I share some of his journal on my blog www.christinelindsay.org in Steve’s Journal.
But we serve a God who is not into condemnation, but into redemption. God wouldn’t let my brother’s suicide attempts be successful. God kept Steve alive so that He could bring my brother to a new life—a live that is full of abundance of healed and renewed relationships, especially the renewed relationship with God Himself. That is where the fountain of life is found.
A mixed group of people attended by squeezing into our tiny little yard with their lawn chairs. Many of our guests have been in love with the Lord for decades. Other guests have never really taking much interest in God. Some were recovering alcoholics. My poor sister who is still an alcoholic turned up drunk. It was the only way she could find the courage to attend our party. But I was glad she was there, drunk or not. Maybe something got through to her that the Lord Jesus is all about parties—not the kind of parties that hurt or are full of drunkenness and foolishness, but the kind of parties where we rejoice over the redemption of a life.
And man, can we party over that, just like the angels in heaven.
Author Bio: Irish-born Christine Lindsay shares her brother’s story and other inspirational blog articles on her blog twice a week. She also writes award-winning historical novels. In Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, Christine delights in weaving the endless theme of the Heavenly Father’s redemptive love throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance. The Pacific coast of Canada, 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home.
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