Yesterday the women's meeting topic was "The Grace of God". The chairperson picked this topic from a list of suggested meeting discussion subjects. The meeting was a blessing to everyone.
My first thought was, "God's Grace has allowed me to survive myself and continues to help me survive myself. My problems are centered in my mind and the root of most, if not all, of my problems is my thinking. Through God's Grace I am able to change my thinking.
It is through God's Grace that when I woke from my last drunk I was given the gift of sobriety AND I was able to reach out (feebly as it was) and grab hold of it. It has been through God's grace that I have NEVER let go.
It is through God's Grace that the program of Alcoholics Anonymous was given to Bill Wilson, has survived through the years and was there for the taking when I was ready to surrender. The twelve steps have made the impossible - possible. I have finally found a way to change my thinking and attitudes and "get over myself".
Some other things I heard at this meeting were:
I was reminded that God either "is or isn't". God is "all or nothing". When I forget I just remember my history, my experiences and then the choice is clear - GOD IS AND GOD IS ALL.
God gives me the courage to "Let Go".
Even the experiences that I consider "bad" can be turned to the good and benefit my spiritual growth. It is wise to give thanks for the good and the bad.
In AA I have learned to feel, deal, heal and move on.
The pain is in my resistance and grace is found in the "letting go".
God gives me the courage to "let go".
Love you all,
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