In my mailbox came a forward from an AA friend that began with a quote from Nietzsche – which summed up the cause of anxiety and depression that can blanket my soul:
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, “I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?” ~ A New Day: 365 Meditations for Personal and Spiritual Growth.
How can I forgive myself for all the out of date “goods” that shows up on my 4th step?
- Faith that whatever I ask for in Christ’s name I have: “Forgive us our trespasses . . .”
- Faith that I have been separated from my sins as far as east is from west. (Psalm 103:12)
- Faith that I can do, feel and think differently, just for today. (Reread Chapter 5: How it Works, especially page 68.)
We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves.
Only God is willing and able to forgive, cleanse, and restore . . . once and for all, but every day too! (Step 10)
Praying dear reader, and friend in recovery, for thee and me, for our willingness to believe and act, especially if you or I think our sins are too big to forgive, or too inconsequential to confess! (See Matthew 8)
Love in Christ,
Sober and Grateful
PS: Hopefully, a helpful question for you I ask myself: Who Do You Think You Are?