To set the stage, you have to know something about drugs addicts. When someone is arrested for drug-related offenses, is sentenced to probation, and then the probation officer requires treatment… well the last person they want to see is me. And then to have to be charged money to do something that they are scheming to try to avoid… you get the idea.
Well we were getting together for another group session, one of 3 that were required each week lasting 3 hours each. Some had done very well and were ready to graduate from the program. As typical, no one had any money to pay the receptionist but the discussion was brought to how we would celebrate.
Addicts do not know how to party! They think that what you do is down some pills and get high, otherwise they have no clue what to do.
The suggestion was that we order pizza, and that everyone pitch in for it. Well, let’s just say that when one member offered up their 3 dollars and 2 quarters (sound familiar?) a increasing amount of money appeared. So much so that there was enough pizzas that several people got to take some home with them!
Okay, so it was not 5,000 people and there was some cheeky manipulation going on. But when the meal was over we all knew that we had witnessed something supernatural. The connection they felt with one another was something that they had never truely experienced. Relationships had all been about the chemicals, but this was an almost miraculous even where relationships suddenly became about being with one another and caring for one another.
It was in this moment that we felt the brush of the finger of God… and perhaps even 2,000 years ago this was Jesus’ whole point.