Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008-THE GREATEST OF ALL LOVES


THE GREATEST OF ALL LOVES

"To fall in love with God is the greatest of all loves;
to seek him is the greatest adventure;
to find him the greatest human achievement."

St. Augustine

These words are found painted in dark green lettering around the perimeter of the narthex of our church high up on the light green walls near the ceiling. They are visible as one enters the church and "looks up".

The words and the thoughts they generate are captivating.

They call strongly to my heart. They speak to me of the miracle of my life - my journey. My journey took me to the depths of despair in alcoholism, then brought me to Alcoholics Anonymous and my greatest adventure.

In Alcoholics Anonymous I began the venture through the twelve steps leading ultimately to the 12th step. THERE, I had a spiritual awakening as THE RESULT of these steps, fell in love with God, and discovered His deep love for me.

This spiritual connection with my God is the greatest achievement of my life. It has made possible opportunities I would never have dreamed possible - chances to reach out to other dying alcoholics, possibilities to use the principles of the program in my work, at church, in all my activities. I always felt like a misfit, but now I feel I belong. I have found my purpose for living. I have discovered that the more I give, the more I receive back many times over. Satisfaction and fulfillment are mine. Blessings abound even in the midst of the ups and downs of life.

As I have often heard,
"God brought me to Alcoholics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous brought me to God."

7 comments:

Lou said...

What say you? I have had this same experience.

Lovely post, Piety Girl

Gabriella Moonlight said...

"God brought me to Alcoholics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous brought me to God."

Wow this is great, I had not heard this yet... but am so grateful to have heard them now! Thank you!
Beautiful post!
G

J-Online said...

I love your post today. I have never felt closer to God than I do now. I have AA to thank for that. It's a wonderful program in so many ways.

~Tyra~ said...

I do credit AA for helping to be open to God again. I've even found myself wanting to go back to church, I didn't think I'd ever feel that way again.

pat said...

No statement has been more true.

Syd said...

I didn't have a higher power until Al-Anon. Now I have God too.

AlkySeltzer said...

All I can say is WOW! (And I 'know' you!) Too often we (I?) do not see the God-Calling, God-Talking spirituality close to me. But there is no way that I--or anyone who does know you--can ignore the special gifts God has bestowed upon you, Prayer Girl!

It is with great and humble pleasure --and love--that I remain to live in the 'closeness' of your specialness.

serenely grateful-a-roni