“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
“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 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
The church can offer a safe path through recovery from all kinds of idolatry, including substance abuse. We can do better. I have had a battle with alcohol – and a few more battles with people, places, and things I
Today is a heart aching day. So, I am dispensing a little heart-healthy hope that I still take. A friend confided someone they loved slipped back into addiction. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t a gentle slide. God willing, they will hear
Helen Keller said, “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Well, yes and no. I read her autobiography and saw the play and movie