I was playing with friends during the noon hour when Daddy stopped by the Eugene Field Elementary School in Hobart to inform me that I had a brother. The news brought great joy to my ten-year-old heart. I loved my two sisters but having a brother opened up new opportunities related to hunting and fishing and such. Rex’s hair had a tinge of red in it. When I held him, I monitored the soft spot on the top of his head and did my best to make him smile. When he grew older, we shared the same bed until I married Nancy.
I don’t really know what happened. Nobody does. Rex struggled with addiction for a quarter of a century, beginning in high school. Eventually he died at the age of 41 as a result of too many drugs in his body. During that quarter of a century my family never quit loving him, but we did get mad at him. At least, I did. It frustrated me that he would not change. It broke my heart to see the hurt that he caused my parents. We tried in vain to help him.
Rex may not have had the best brother, but he did have two of the greatest parents in the world. So did I. Momma and Daddy consistently loved him and desperately tried to help him. I remember Daddy saying, “We’ve spent a black land farm trying to help Rex.” Things escalated to the point that the only nights they slept soundly were when Rex was in rehab or in jail. Daddy often asked me what we could do to help Rex. I had no answers.
If Rex were still alive today, I would have a recommendation. I would recommend that he go to rehab and then become a resident in a Hope is Alive sober mentoring home. There he would be monitored and held accountable by those who understood his addiction and loved him unconditionally.
I am very supportive of the Hope is Alive Ministries coming to Weatherford because of families like my own. Parents with broken hearts and children with powerful addictions need practical assistance. The home that is coming to Weatherford will require much funding. The house will cost about $350,000. The ongoing support of the home will be about $5,000 per month. I hope you will join me on the evening of August 22 at 6:30 at the SWOSU ballroom. At the event you will learn, and you will have an opportunity to give. Sign up before August 16 at www.HopeforWeatherford.com or contact me personally.
I love you,
- Sunday’s Sermon – “Planning For The Future” James 4:13-17
- LifeGroup Attendance on August 4 – 618
- GEAR UP – Sunday, August 11th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center
- GriefShare’s Loss of Spouse Seminar, August 18 – 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- Back To School Bash – August 18 – 6:00 p.m.
- Crowder Lake Baptism – August 25 – 6:00 p.m.