We woke up this morning to a large red ring around my daughter’s belly button. Thankfully this episode was on a regular weekday instead of a Sunday. It was like God listened when I prayed for some weekend medical relief, or rather wrote all about it here. He must of forgotten, however, that we were just at the doctor yesterday for her 7 year check-up.
Many years ago when I was on a silent retreat, I awoke in the morning with a loving sense of Holy Presence. This “answering angel” had no form, yet touched my heart tenderly and reached the core of my being. I had clear knowledge that everything that had happened to me in my past had happened for a reason. I set my path that day with a loving heart and pure intention.
I have never viewed the world in the same way since that moment.
The following is my eleventh entry in a series about the 12-step spiritual program of recovery.
Step 11: “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.”
The following is my seventh entry in a series about the 12-step spiritual program of recovery.
Step 7: “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”
Step 7 is found in Chapter 6 (Into Action), page 76, second paragraph of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. “When ready, we say something like this: My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that You now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength as I go out from here to do your bidding, Amen. We have now completed Step 7.”
The following is my third entry in a series about the 12-step spiritual program of recovery.
Step 3: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
In Step 2 we came to believe (see previous blog), now we make a commitment. Continuing our reading in The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, we find Step 3 in chapter 5 (How It Works) on page 63. It takes the form of a prayer: “God, I offer myself to Thee, to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always.” The wording is optional as long as it expresses the idea. I find this to be a beautiful prayer and very effective when voiced with conviction.
This is a letter written to Estuary Founder and Executive Director, Susan Austin-Crumpton from Molly Brown, her student of many years:
I have felt compelled to write you all morning so that’s what I’m doing. I just have to share my experience with you and the second phase of what I believe are new beginnings. Last night when I got home I felt the most profound peace, warmth and gratitude that I have had in a long time thanks to The Estuary.