Thursday, November 13, 2008


FROM HELL (Dante's Inferno) - - - - - - - - -

TO HERE (God's loving arms) - - -


I overheard somebody say the other day that when we feel farthest from God, that is when He is nearest. My immediate reaction was "no way". As I ponder this, the "Footprints in the Sand" poem comes to mind.

One sentence of it is:
"During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you." (For the full poem, go here.)

Looking back to when I was most lost in my alcoholism, God was carrying me. I was wandering in HELL! It is so hard to describe the horror of those times though many alcoholics know it well. A picture being worth a thousand words causes me to think of pictures of Dante's Inferno from "The Divine Comedy", one of those pictures begins this blog.

God lifted me up out of this inferno of addiction with its attendant obsessive and compulsive suffering, self-centeredness, self-hatred, negativity, and isolation. God has led me gently, slowly, surely into the light of His spirit. He did this by carrying me to the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous, to my sponsor, and to the 12 steps - which are life.

He carried me into this life that is now full of happiness, joyousness, freedom, sweet peace, and serenity.

Prayer Girl


AlkySeltzer said...

...and He is still carrying you, sweet Anna. You are His child, and you are Prayer Girl. He could not have better-named you.

Just Another Sober Guy said...

Makes me think of something I heard, can't remember where though....

"When you find yourself going through hell, keep going."

With God we can get through it, besides if you are going through hell, why would you want to stop and just sit there?

Good stuff!


Shadow said...

i simply love the 'footprints in the sand' poem, thanks for reminding me of it. i was given it in rehab, and have kept it with me since.

Cat said...

PG I am so self absorbed I saw the tag I carried you and thought of my oldest son - and came over - Now that I am here I wonder if this is not my message from god to let go and let him.

Thank you for this today.


Syd said...

PG, that is beautiful.

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Absolutely wonderful post, thank you for the reminder this Thursday!!!

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