Monday, August 25, 2008

Grateful I can feel

Maybe it is  not always pleasant, maybe you don't always want to read about it, but I am grateful that I can feel today.  I can experience my life in technicolor.   I am not living life on a flat line.  It is not a roller coaster either, but it does have its undulations.  

Today I go back to work after a weekend with my grandchildren.  I am glad I had a busy weekend, and I am glad I have a busy day ahead of me today.  After work on Mondays, I go to church for an hour of silent prayer.  

I am grateful for this life I have been given.  With all of its ups and downs.  I am grateful that I can walk through each day, as gracefully as I can, and know that God is present, He is near, and He loves me.  


Trailboss said...

Grateful is great. I am grateful for everything in my life. Even my pain in the behind husband!

AlkySeltzer said...

An hour of silent prayer--I used to do that, have gotten out of that wonderful, beautiful habit. If I was certain of solitude, I'd talk to God aloud. Often I cried, either for happiness--or not.

The closest church is open every day until 3 PM, so I'm going there later today and renew that practice for myself. Thank you...again!

Pam said...

It's been so hard for me to adjust to your monday prayer time instead of know I don't really like change.
I'm wishing you a good Monday where every single thing goes your way.

Lou said...

Lovely! You guys (you know who you are) have me praying now in the a.m. It's great.

indistinct said...

Your right, being able to live through our feelings, sober, is a gift.

Just never suspected there would be so many of them.

PATRICK said...

My dear Mary,
It is a fearful thing, leaving AA. The Big Book (the AA “bible”) states, “We thought we could find an easier, softer way.

But we could not.”[1] Because this passage of AA “scripture” is taken literally, alcoholics rarely look elsewhere for help. Christians continue to jam their God, the Ancient of Days, into AA’s chameleon theology.

“Do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead even expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11-12)

It is not just fear that keeps us bound to this all-gods religion. The 12 Step experience becomes an idol—long-term involvement almost always results in a transference of faith.

Bluntly stated, when it comes to sobriety, many Christians end up with more faith in the power of the 12 Step program than in Jesus Christ.

This idol worship is by no means limited to those in AA, but applies to many in “Christian 12 Step” groups.

I will continue to PRAY for you, Mary?


dAAve said...

Thanks for offering a word for the day.

Mary Christine said...

Thank you for your prayers Patrick. I am not leaving AA. I am changing home groups.

If you took the time to read this post, you might have seen that I am going to church this afternoon to pray. The same denomination as you Micky.

The big book is not my bible. The Holy Bible is my Bible. I wish you would take the time to read what we write.

And if you take the time, you might also notice that I do occasionally post comments you write, if they actually pertain to the post and aren't just cut and paste repetitions.

Scott W said...

I like a little undulation!

Anonymous said...

Me too!!!

Laura said...

Hi Mary,

I never tire of reading your attitude of gratefulness and thankfulness. Never, ever. The reminders that absolutely everything comes from the hand of God is always a good moment of reflection for me.

You rock.

AlkySeltzer said...

In fact, I'm 'undulating' right now--ot is that hyper-ventilating?

Oh, gosh, me-and-my-big-mouth again.

Hey, (if anyone wants to formally drop out of AA -grin-) I have a real 'letter of resignation' from a pigeon, mailed to me about 15 years ago. He recently returned, and God has a lot of work to do, he's in BAD shape. "YOUR move, God!"

recoveryroad said...

A lovely post. Maybe I should try that after work on a Monday..!

Syd said...

Your message here is so serene and pleasant. I think that the ups and downs in life are what make it life and not some kind of dream state. I'll take that over the flat line any day.

PATRICK said...

"Thank you for your prayers Patrick. I am not leaving AA. I am changing home groups."

Switching the WITCH for the BITCH?


Zanejabbers said...

Good for you.

Mary LA said...

Your posts right now are a lifeline for me Mary-Christine -- thank you so much for all you share.



Mary Christine said...

In case anyone is interested: the above comment from Micky / Patrick is what you get for trying to be reasonable with him. I am now done with that.