When World War II broke out, our A.A. dependence on a Higher Power had its first major test. A.A.’s entered the services and were scattered all over the world. Would they be able to take the discipline, stand up under fire, and endure . . . ? AS BILL SEES IT, p. 200
I will center my thoughts on a Higher Power. I will surrender all to this power within me. I will become a soldier for this power, feeling the might of the spiritual army as it exists in my life today. I will allow a wave of spiritual union to connect me through my gratitude, obedience and discipline to this Higher Power. Let me allow this power to lead me through the orders of the day. May the steps I take today strengthen my words and deeds, may I know that the message I carry is mine to share, given freely by this power greater than myself.
Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Inc.. Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members (Kindle Locations 1750-1751). A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
The history of AA is so important to me. It means that for years, years before me the fellowship of AA survived everything. It goes back as far as World War II some 75 plus years ago. Men went off to war around the world and were able to carry out their duties. While under fire, the presses that they encountered they would not drink. I have to admit, although my sobriety seemed like a humongous task, I have so much admiration and respect for these heroes in all sense of the word. Heroes as military men and heroes as nondrinking individuals.
Because of these Heroes, I can today us them as my “Spiritual Army”. I am focused. I pray to feel the spirituality fill me up and help me remain obedient, fill me with gratitude and discipline me to help me fulfill the orders of my day. This all enables me to carry on and give back freely what I was given.
24 Hours A Day
A.A. Thought for the Day
“We must be willing to make amends to all the people we have harmed. We must do the best we can to repair the damage done in the past. When we make amends, when we say: I’m sorry, the person is sure at least to be impressed by our sincere desire to set right the wrong. Sometimes a person we are making amends to admits his own fault, so feuds of long-standing melt away. Our most ruthless creditors will sometimes surprise us. In general, we must be willing to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences may be for us.” Have I made a sincere effort to make amends to the people I have harmed?
Meditation for the Day
The grace of God cures disharmony and disorder in human relationships. Directly you put your affairs, with their confusion and their difficulties, into God’s hands, He begins to effect a cure of all the disharmony and disorder. You can believe that He will cause you no more pain in the doing of it than a physician, who plans and knows that he can effect a cure, would cause his patient. You can have faith that God will do all that is necessary as painlessly as possible. But you must be willing to submit to His treatment, even if you cannot now see the meaning or purpose of it.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may willingly submit to whatever spiritual discipline is necessary. I pray that I may accept whatever it takes to live a better life.
Anonymous. Twenty-Four Hours A Day (p. 98). Martino Fine Books. Kindle Edition.
My Thought…I have made amends, I have done what I could to repair the damage I caused in my life. Some was well accepted, some not. I lost some people along the way…Most the time the people I made amends to had no idea I had harmed them in any way. They were usually the ones I harmed through omission. Meaning I neglected to do it or left something undone. I continue to make amends as needed today. I can not and will not let ‘things or people’ rent space in my head any longer. I drives me crazy…..
My Meditation…Everything I do today goes into God’s hands. In the beginning I had NO idea what God’s treatment was for me other than what I was told His treatment was for me. Now KNOW…I have gone to meetings, pray and pray and that is my medicine. Like a diabetic must have his or her medicine, I must have mine on a daily basis.
My Prayer…another simple prayer…I just say it as written above….I pray that I may willingly submit to whatever spiritual discipline is necessary. I pray that I may accept whatever it takes to live a better life.