A Little End -of- Year Gift

A Little Gift

Dear Readers, may I offer a little end-of-year gift?

a little gift
for the year’s end, or a fresh start

Or maybe a bit of help for the coming year?

It is a link to chapter 11 in A.A.’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions– my little gift. 

I hope you will open and read some suggestions on how to pray, perhaps to give closure to 2023, or courage for 2024:

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. 

Myself, I am standing in the need of it — prayer-meditation and conscious contact with the hands I cannot see!

This holiday has been bittersweet. 

No, drinking was not an issue; emotional benders were more of a possibility. 

Seriously —

Resentments were oh so many and varied — and ridiculous. 

Thank God for that unseen hand that kept guard over my lips!

But my soul needs needs a little tending –maybe yours does too. 😉

The Eleventh Step Prayer on page 99 has been a gift, along with a daily prayer app that I rarely get to before bed-time. (Maintaining the Gift ) 


But, I got to it  this morning, and I was surprised how long two minutes can be when one is unaccustomed to stilling oneself. 

I didn’t make it 10 seconds

A Meeting Helped

The good thing about reading the Step 11 chapter aloud and listening to others speak of their prayer adventures was such a hopeful help: I am not alone in my own prayer misadventures.

Neither are you!


  • I forget to ask God what His will is, and wait long enough to get some direction. (p.102)
  • Or, I make self-serving demands of God . . . or, worse:
  • I WHINE (p. 103)

When I find myself at the bottom of this hole, though, the good news I can quit digging and resume prayer as soon as I can. (p.105) Progress — not perfection!

a gift

The moment we catch even a glimpse of God’s will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love [and GRACE] as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs. (p. 105)

Here’s hoping this little gift blesses your prayer adventures, dear Reader. It’s helping my breathing! LOL!

In closing, may I also share what a friend said:

If we nourish our resentments, they will suck us dry. 

That’s no way to end the old year or start the new one!

Happy New Year, friend, and thank you for your time.

Keep stopping by! (And praying.)

Love in Christ,

Sober and Grateful 

giftPS: —a few more “gifts”


The January 2024 GRAPEVINE looks good: EMOTIONAL SOBRIETY  

another little gift
check the link!



a goad
When we listen to God, He hears us. (heard in a meeting on the 11th Step)


SOURCE for art: Mary Englebreit: Begin ANYWHERE 

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