I was waiting for May to end and June to begin. I wanted to move on from the raw emotions from the 4 overdoses in less than month; 3 resulting in funerals I attended 2 of which I spoke at. Then, I heard the news that 5 fatal overdoses from fentanyl happened overnight. This drug is no joke and literally killing thousands. Why? Well, it is cheap for one and it also produces a ‘better’ high per dose than heroin making it an extremely potent opioid albeit deadly. Stay away!

Do you even know what fentanyl is? To be honest, I didn’t exactly until recently. All I knew was it is killing people by overdose.

“Fentanyl is, traditionally, a synthetic opioid used medically to relieve pain. It was first made in the 1960s, and since then it’s been adopted as a spray, patch, lollipop, and other mediums for pain relief.” * Carfentanil (sedative used as a tranquilizer for large animals like elephants) is also on the rise in the illegal markets. Both are more easily produced in lab settings rather than growing poppy that then becomes morphine followed by being turned into heroin.

Last night I was asked to lead in prayer at a prayer night specifically praying for this opioid crisis and the lives lost to its clutches.

I prayed the families that lost loved ones would be comforted. I prayed the addicts would be given a way out before the drugs take their lives for…

“…God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” I Corinthians 10.13

I prayed we would have a heart that is sensitive and filled with compassion.

Yes, Lord, continue to break our hearts with what breaks Yours.

What I am finding more and more is the addiction to drugs are affecting more and more families not just in the intercity or some back alleys or selling by gangs alone but they are found in and out of the church as well. I bet we all can think of someone we personally know with an addiction problem.

Stop and pray they find the Lord as it is so dangerous out there. I, for one, do not want to see anymore lives cut short from overdoses. It is such a tragedy!

Lift all the broken hearted up and remember, you can…


by being a listening ear or shoulder for someone to cry on.

Be available, be understanding, and love on those who have lost a loved one from overdose.

If you or someone you know has an addiction problem, seek help!

“Addicts don’t deny they are using. They deny that it is hurting others.”

Help them help themselves even when they might deny or not realize they need help.

Don’t be an enabler, get them the help they need and deserve. It may mean showing some tough love, but worth it to save a life.

Don’t be the ‘get away’ car.

Help all you know come to know Jesus!

Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father without first accepting me. John 14.6 paraphrase

And if an addiction problem is found in you, turn to Jesus and seek help so your life will not be cut short.

Yesterday Ramadan ended. Like I have said before the dedication and devotion of a Muslim is commendable and I would say often outshine most Christians as they fasted for the month and pray 5x a days.

Pray all those that do everything for religion desire something more and develop a hunger that will grow until they find satisfaction in Jesus.

Pray that they have encounters with The Man in white. Look back on this post to learn more: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/05/21/ramadan/

*resource: https://reachmd.com/news/how-fentanyl-became-americas-leading-cause-of-overdose-deaths/1597283

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