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Aug 17, 2018 by Rik Bokelman

Painting Of Man Shooting Jesus Up With Heroin Goes Viral - The Reason Is Powerful

When Paula Berry Butler spotted a poignant painting in a shop window in Gatlinburg, she was stopped dead in her tracks. On the painting you can see a man shooting Jesus up with heroin.

When she went inside, Paula learned the story behind the muse in the painting who became a pastor after recovering from his own heroin addiction.

This is what she wrote about it on Facebook, that is being shared for over 150.000 times. 

“My friend Garry & I thought it should be hung in every rehab center, jail and hospital E.R. Went into the shop and the young woman working there came over to chat. She said she was a recovering addict… wanted to quit that life so took her children away from it. Told her would-be employer the truth and thankfully he gave her the job. We asked if her family supports her now…she said no, they are ALL addicts. She found her 23 year-old sister dead on a park bench, needle still in her arm."

"I told her I was sorry & mentioned I had lost my daughter when she was 29. At this point I have tears in my eyes and so did she. She comes over and gives me the biggest hug. She said she knows the model for the addict in the painting…a former addict himself who is now a pastor!"

"He had kept his heroin kit for years in a bag without knowing why…it is now part of the painting. When the artist was done he threw it away."

"She asked if I noticed there are only 3 arms in the painting and I said yes. She said at this point the addict isn’t feeling any pain but it hurts Jesus when we hurt ourselves."

"I told her to stay strong, I believe God has other plans for her. We left, but not before I gave her a hug. I pray that God gives her the strength to stay clean and I pray that she has a happy and good rest of her life."



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