I am who I am . . . and that makes me valuable; not what I do, the meditation book counseled. In the context of the book, I am recovering from complexities of alcoholism, from its presence in my family
“Who are you to say there is no God?” (AA Big Book, 4th ed., page 56)
Twelve step programs introduced me to the idea that a God might be real. Bible study introduced me to the God who is real, and who had the patience and plan for me to sober up.
COVID-19 and Christmas 2020 Of all the posts I have written about sanity, sobriety during Christmas, I never imagined a COVID restrained celebration, or the effect it would have. Seems like the pandemic has canceled many events; but I choose
Running a marathon is a good analogy for what recovery has been. In this pandemic, however, recovery can feel like running a three-legged race, tied too often to a lame companion – habits, hang-ups and hurts that hobble my progress!
“COVID-19 is like the background noise in my head,” my friend said. Yep. Like a dull, throbbing beat; punctuated with static, it is a tune I never can quite hear – it’s just there. It’s like the sensation I identified
COVID-19 has changed so much, revealing how weak, wobbly, and wandering my faith in a power greater than me. (Step Two) Cut off from so much that is familiar in recovery, will that Power do more for me than restore
A Slogan “Let go and let God” was one of the earliest suggestions I heard around the Al-Anon rooms. Too often in those early years, I treated the idea like a bumper sticker: good to read in traffic; easy to
Asking better questions of ourselves, each other, and how we are working our recovery programs, is time well spent; especially in these days of social distancing. I was tempted to ask, how are you doing with all this self-quarantining? But,
Repeating “I have what I have, because God knows what I need” is a nerve calming bromide in crazy times like today. Believing it is better. I have what I have, because God knows what I need . . .
Dear Church, Here are two links to motivate your outreach and service to folks who never thought we’d end up where we did, fighting the battles we do. Following up on the last post, A Christian’s Path Through Recovery, here