Several years ago my oldest child was struggling with many issues.
He was 17 years old and addicted to drugs, had been kicked out of several different schools, was in Kilburn Hall many times, he was in court constantly, he spent time in the psych ward at the hospital, he had serious behaviour problems, was very depressed and on different medications for depression which only made his behaviour worse. I was a single mom of five children.
I didn't have any help or support from anyone. Not the kids father and not my own immediate family. I remember calling many of my relatives and my ex-husband and asking for help. No one responded. I felt so very alone that I would lay on my bedroom floor and cry for hours. The hurt of seeing my son become someone I didn't even recognize anymore coupled with the rejection of my family was unbearable every day.
I had one friend who I could rely on. His name is Jesus. I knew that if my son was going to get better that it would be with the help of two people. Me and God.
I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God would never leave me and that He was the one in control of this situation. I spent days praying and God would show me what to do with my son. I sent in countless prayer requests to the church I attended and several others that I would find in the yellow pages of the phone book. I thought I was dying of a broken heart. But I wouldn't give up because I knew that if I did my son wouldn't make it.
One day my friend Ron Burko mentioned a place called Cedar Lodge. Little did I know that this place was a lighthouse in the midst of our storm. I wasn't sure if Cedar Lodge could help my son as he had been to many places for rehabilitation and nothing was working.
Actually, if anything, most places backfired for my son because he would meet other kids who would lead him astray. He met one kid in Moose Jaw and this kid wanted to introduce him to one of his drug friends. One night my son was on his way to try heroin with this kid and they stole a car on the way and was arrested, (an act of God as he didn't make it to the friends apartment to try heroin.)
God's hand was always on my son.
With much uncertainty and fear we drove out to Blackstrap and drove into the yard at Cedar Lodge. As soon as I entered the building I felt a peace that surpasses all understanding, the peace of God … and my son felt it too.
We were ushered into a room that was so huge with big windows all around and an angel came to sit with us and talk to us. Her name is Linda. Her smile warmed my frozen heart. Her warmth and accepting attitude wasn't of this world. The love was almost tangible. God doesn't lie. He promised me that He would be there for us and the day we found Cedar Lodge is the day that I knew in my heart that everything was going to be okay. I didn't know how it would be but I knew that it would be. I finally felt safe.
God keeps His promises. He lives in Linda and Suzanne and He brought my little broken child to them. I finally could share my burden and the people at Cedar Lodge are undaunted by the huge problems that people bring to them. They are totally in charge of life cause they are so plugged into the power source, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!
They aren't like everyone else, looking away and patting you on the back, mumbling some half hearted consolation. They stand with open arms ready to help with so much love and concern that it is not of this world. Fear and trembling leave when you are in the presence of these two amazing warriors for Christ, Suzanne and Linda.
Cedar Lodge is a lighthouse standing on the hill at Blackstrap Lake. It isn't of this world and I will forever be grateful for the love and help of Suzanne and Linda, because of them and because they welcomed my son in to stay at Cedar Lodge, everything worked out.
After just THREE DAYS at Cedar Lodge I came to pick up my son and I didn't even recognize him. He was back! He looked like he had been dipped into a bath and came out clean. His skin was a normal color and his eyes were his again. He looked clean from the inside out. Even Linda was amazed at how quickly God had delivered him.
I thank God for Cedar Lodge and Suzanne and Linda and all the other people who dedicate their lives to serving the Lord. There isn't another place that I have ever heard of that is simply God's House. Cedar Lodge is.
I pray that Cedar Lodge will always exist because I know in my heart that there is a place where every board and nail is saturated in the love of Christ.
Cedar Lodge is a powerful place and I hope more people who need to find that Lighthouse will find their way.
My son is now 23 years old. He has been completely delivered of drug addiction. He has a good job and is a very wonderful and handsome young man.
PRAISE THE LORD!