Dear Fellow Believers on the Worship Board, Thank you so much for all of your prayers. To make a very long story short, my son recently left to live in a Christian rehab. place more than 2,000 miles from me (The places out here were either full or wouldn't/couldn't take him because of the dual dx. It was arranged through connections his father has (the one who hadn't contacted him in years!) and is a wee bit on the cultist side in terms of control (Yes, control is essential in drug rehab. However, the people who are in this particular denomination do not go through college and seminary--I don't mean to offend anyone here with this--and can be "control freaks" in the church.) and a rather unbalanced emphasis on certain things. My son will be there for almost a year, perhaps longer. Please pray that whatever truly balanced things he hears about the Word of God will sink in deeply and change him and that he won't be harmed by any unbiblical or unnecessary prejudices (such as against me as I am not a member of this church--they're very tight-knit and loyal only to "insiders" I've always felt). He also needs prayer to be healed once and for all of his addictions and antagonism towards the Lord and me. He was deceitful and angry right to the end, even at the airport. He's my one and only "baby" and we've never been apart months on end. I need prayer to "let go" gracefully. As I understand it, the empty nest syndrome is tough even when your kids leave under normal circumstances (college, job, getting married, etc.). It's very painful under these circumstances. I worry about his life, spiritual status, and whether our relationship will be healed as I was the one to raise him and the only one around to have his anger dumped on. I have a mixture of profound relief as well as deeply, deeply missing him. I was willing to release him to his father's "connections" even though his father basically deserted him for a few years and made our lives miserable for years before that. I think my feelings are very secondary to the primary business of my son's welfare. It was critical to get him into continuing care right after detox. The story of King Solomon's judging the true identity of a mother has a whole new meaning to me. Remember that two women were arguing that each was the mother of the live child and that the other was the mother of the dead child. Then Solomon calls for a knife or sword to cut the living child in two out of "fairness." The real mother cries out and says the other woman can have him...just don't hurt the child! It was sooooooooo hard to release my son, but I felt that it was worth the risk to see him healed. My feelings go deeper than these weak words can express. Please pray for us. God bless all of you richly.