One of the essentials in working a 12-step program, in Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups that use this approach to recovery, is the readiness to know oneself. To an outsider, the technique may seem brutal -- one must face and accept one's weaknesses without blinking, as it were. But the result is well worth it. Hopefully, by the time one has worked and is working all 12 steps, one is purged of the spiritual confusion that led to addiction in the first place. The same 12 steps are a good approach to the spiritual life under any circumstances, whether one is addicted to chemicals or not.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.