Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

If a Parent Drinks Taking a Spiritual Look at Events and Issues of Special Interest to Young People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

If a Parent Drinks Taking a Spiritual Look at Events and Issues of Special Interest to Young People

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Some things are hard to sort out when you are young. One of those hard things is what to do when one (or both) of your parents is an alcoholic. If that's the case in your home, or if it was earlier in your life, you know how much you want things to get better. But maybe you feel powerless to help. Or maybe you feel ashamed or afraid: What will happen when your parent comes home at night? What will he or she do?

Prayer is always a good thing for you to do. Prayer is communicating with God, who loves us all. Turning to God makes a real difference. Prayer can happen quietly. You don't have to say any words out loud, so praying quietly like this won't upset anyone. It just helps you feel more and more that God is close and that He cares. Through prayer God helps you find answers.

For instance, you might feel led by God to get some help from someone else, say, at church or at school. The main thing is, though, that God is always there for you and loves you. You feel His love more when you know Him better. That starts to take away some of the shame and some of the fear. As we know God better, our prayers do more good. One way to know God is by the name of Father-Mother. A book by Mary Baker Eddy says, "Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation" (p. 332). The book is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Mrs. Eddy discovered Christian Science. She discovered that when we turn to God, we find that He is as close as our thoughts. Part of that "tender relationship" is not just how you know Him but also how He knows you. He knows you only as good. Never guilty. He knows you are not to blame for what your parents do. God is never ashamed to have you as His child. The relation that Father-Mother God has with you is one that is never broken. It is never a noisy or a scary relationship. And nothing can come between you and God, so nothing can come between you and the care that God gives you. The Bible says that nothing can "separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39). …

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