And, I just kept feeding you the Bread of Heaven and the Cup of Salvation.
“ . . . let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Addiction can affect persons of any age, gender, economic status, race or religion.Indeed, alcoholism affects approximately one out of every10 adults sitting in the pew. Think about that for a few seconds.The greatest cause of death among young people is traffic accidents, half of which are alcohol-related.Alcohol plays a part in at least one out of every three failed marriages.Alcoholism kills about 100,000 people every year.Addiction is a disease, not a moral failing.
“Because we’ve always done it that way.”
Within 4 weeks, my office was filled with faculty, staff and students who had no other weekday meeting to attend, except the one they affectionately called “The Noonie Loonies” at City Hall.
“Well, I guess it’s true that you don’t always get what you want but you always get what you need.”
There was polite applause, a few slaps on the back from his friends, and then he sat down.
As the applause diminished, a voice came from deep in the crowded room.
“Bull!” he said. (Well, that’s not exactly what he said, but he was in a chair and not in a pulpit.)
We all turned to see an older man, his face lined with a map of the last 100 miles of rough road he had traveled to get to this place in his Recovery. The room hushed to listen to what we knew would be truth and wisdom gained from the crucifying pain of Recovery.
“You don’t always get want you want,” he said, “You don’t always get what you need. You get what you get and you make the best of what you’ve been given. And,” he said, “be grateful.”
Those could have been the words Jesus spoke to the man next to him on the cross who asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his Kingdom. Jesus said to him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:33-43)
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale through the ordinary. That’s just living, heart-breaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And, it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” (LR Knost.)
May our hearts be filled with gratitude and love as we say the prayer the angels must say whenever we have struggled and subdued a demon, whenever we have loosed on earth what is loosed in heaven, whenever we see in the face of ourselves and each other the face of the invisible God.