When we keep an open mind, we will find recovery is tailor-fit for each individual. Each of us finds growth and hope in different ways. Reclaiming our God-given dignity comes one-step at a time.
For me, Al-Anon, the 12 Steps, the slogans, the sponsors all helped guide me along the way. But it was the out-loud testimony about a Higher Power that freed me to affirm my belief in a God of second chances.
It was well past my thirtieth birthday before I started reading the Bible. I knew several traditional Bible stories and had favorite Gospel readings.
Every Advent resurrects one of those cherished passages. It’s the story that paints a picture of Isaiah’s promise of peace.
In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.The cow will graze near the bear. The cub and the calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like a cow (Isaiah 11:6-7 NLT).
Imagine living in a world described in the scene above.
Making amends with enemies.
Ability to work together to transform arguments into agreeable solutions.
Respecting each other.
In the midst of my unmanageable life, I discovered an inner peace. A peace that comes from knowing God loves me unconditionally. With Him, I am confident. With Him, I am secure. In Him, I have heavenly peace.
For those who have suffered loss, pain, despair, yet courageously continue to believe in something greater than yourself.
For my friends who step out in faith every minute of every day to follow their personal Twelve-Step recovery plan, I pray you find the peace that comes from knowing a Higher Power who has many names.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 NIV).