Concert with John Flynn
News came today that New Beginnings lost another brother to heroin. DJ got his GED in prison. He was the first person in his family to get one. He had really worked hard, and overcome a great deal of self doubt to do this. He was actually so proud of his achievement that upon his release he somehow arranged to remain in Gander Hill an extra day so he could share the news with us at our Thursday night meeting. I’ll never forget the grin on his reddening face as the cheering broke out. We’d seen such a transformation, as his confidence grew and he began to embrace new and previously unimaginable possibilities for his life. Our hearts are truly broken at the news of his death. Brother David once told me that some wounds - some addictions- will only be healed after life on earth and in God’s presence. So for now we must console ourselves that we were present as DJ glimpsed, however briefly, his own beauty and worth. And we must go on with the work of reminding each of our brothers and sisters how precious they are and how desperately we need them to do the things that only they can do in this broken world.