Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community
Medical researchers use rats to test addictive qualities of illegal drugs.  Many of those tests had the rats isolated.  A recent article pointed out “Medical Researcher Bruce Alexander wondered if the rats would behave differently if they weren’t isolated and bored. To find out, he created an elaborate colony called ‘Rat Park,’ which had plenty of food, fun, and company. Alexander concluded that isolated rats almost always become junkies, while rats living among other rats almost never will.”  Another researcher argues that the problem “of addiction doesn’t lie in what you swallow or inject — it’s in the pain you feel in your head …. Addiction is a disease of loneliness.”  What will you do about the loneliness in your or in others?

Through our prayers — an opportunity to pray for the needs of our community
– Pray that God will help you be an agent of change in the lives of others to help them with their loneliness.