Mary Magdalene’s Demons

I thought I could do it on my own
That if I just tried really hard
I could get rid of the demons
That have tormented me

The demon of addiction came
To possess and control me
Moving from one addictive behavior
To the next

Trying to block out
A lifetime of trauma
But demons are not friends
Their goal is possession

They thrive on secrets
And on shame
Laughing because
I cannot get rid of them

One day Jesus came
To Mary Magdalene
Who had seven demons
That she could not exorcise by herself

But when Jesus came to Mary
He exorcised her demons
Because she needed help
She began her journey of healing

If she could not get rid of her demons by herself
And she was an apostle and a saint
What makes me think
That I can exorcise mine?