Sunday Sundries … A Vision for You edition
Courtesy:The Dark Blue
And here we are back around again, the beginning of another week. And hopefully this week will prove to be very promising in many areas.
Let Us Pray !!!
For a while, it seemed, that rain was imminent. There were dark clouds rumbling overhead for a while upon setting out for the church. Umbrella in my bag, I set off a few minutes early to make some stops along the way.
When I arrived at the church, a helper was waiting for me for set up, which when worked with two or three people seems to go much quicker. I pumped out an urn of coffee and we went to sit outside and enjoy the evening.
The meeting tonight was well populated. All the chairs were sat, just enough. And tonight we reached the culmination of months of reading from the Book, and after all the reading, studying, working of steps, hearing promises at Step 9, we arrive at the hopeful end of the real studious reading, the Vision for You statement.
We heard a lot of “God talk” go around the room, we also heard the words surrender and abandon. The process of coming into ones own, with regards to God and spirituality takes, for some, a long time.
A good friend happened into the meeting tonight with a new prospect, and we chatted for a bit. And she has come into her own. I can remember, like it was yesterday, how hard she fought for sobriety, and I remember when she had her first spiritual experience in that very room many years ago. And it seemed, in passing she made reference to that experience.
Like I always say, God prefers that room. He makes the odd appearance to folks over the years. I think that St. Leon’s is one of the best rooms in the city for meetings. It has such a long and hallowed history over the last 50 years.
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In these last few pages of reading all the reading we did and the work that followed comes back around in summation to prepare us for the world around us. Needless to say, completion of all the steps takes time, as does ones acceptance and surrender to the God of our understanding, which also takes time.
Did you know that there are 182 promises in the Big Book.
At some points in the book as we read through the steps, there are certain promises that are attached to certain steps, like Steps 5 and then up in Step 9.
A vision for you is the summation of all the promises, and sends the reader away with hope and gives us direction of what we should do every day to stay sober. But it states in the book that:
“We know what you are thinking. You are saying to yourself: “I’m jittery and alone. I couldn’t do that.” But you can. You forget that you have just now tapped a source of power much greater than yourself. To duplicate, with such backing, what we have accomplished is only a matter of willingness, patience and labor.”
And on the next page we come full circle.
“Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask him in your morning meditations what you can do each day for the man who is still sick.
The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others.
This is the great fact for us:
Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.
May God bless you and keep you – until then.”
We read these 164 pages of the book, and we arrive at the sentence that says: We realize we know only a little … God will disclose more to you and to us.
There is that word “GOD” and He’s going to disclose more to us, and with all these people out here, how many things will be disclosed???
Another speaks about not being able to transmit something you haven’t got !
When you walk into a meeting, by your works you shall know them, and by their spirit, all that you have will be made known to your fellows. People have their “signs above their heads” like I have written about. Some, over time get it and some have it, and some want it.
You know right off when someone “has it” and if it looks right and good, maybe someone else will “Want it.”
I guess the founders assume by now that one has had that crucial spiritual experience, and has found a God of their understanding. Because we arrive at the “Abandon yourself to God, as you understand God” we should at least know who that is, or we are on the way to finding out who that is in our own ways.
This chapter ends in hopeful words, of what we have studied, what we have learned and what we shall find if we stay on the path.
“You will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny!”
I leave you with a story about one of my friends.
Many years ago he came into the rooms. Got the book, and read it, and came away with a “no” to God and this is a cult, and I just can’t bring myself to change enough to work the program correctly to the best of his abilities.
Went out – came back – went out – and so forth.
Hit his bottom again, and phoned his father in Eastern Europe. Dad flies all the way from there to here to see and visit with the son. Dad has stopped drinking and is in the program, (yes, there are rooms in Eastern Europe) who knew???
So, son asks dad how did you get sober … ?
And his answers was: In A.A.
It was at this point that our young man came in and is now more than two years without a drink. He, among a few chosen others, I count as my friends. We are part of each others lives. And we help each other in many ways. This story resonates with me for some reason and it is the second time I heard him recount this story at our Sunday meeting.
We have all been blessed to pass this way. And I am grateful for all the folks who come and spend time with me, with us and with each other.
More to come, stay tuned …