December 24: We were reborn

Topic for the week:

“…As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn.”

From page 63 of Alcoholics Anonymous (4th edition.)

When I first got sober, I had a friend scoff and say to be “Don’t tell me you’re born again.” I laughed it off because that sounded super religious and I wasn’t about that.

But as I reflect on my journey in recovery, the above reading and today, on Christmas Eve, I have to say that I am reborn.

I no longer need to be consumed with fear. I trust God and the plan for my life. My faith may waiver time to time but I have you women, my sponsor, my God to get me back on track.

I know there is nothing that can happen to me that will make me think a drink is the answer. That’s just for today. I’m grateful to be mentally and spiritually prepared for the holidays. I’m grateful to be in my right mind.

I also know that this is a gift that I have been given one day at a time. I must continue to do the work to stay connected to the source. The power I feel through me is not mine for ever. Just for today.

Additionally, as we are getting into the holidays. Please know you’re not alone. We are all here for you. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s, they’re just like any other day. Please don’t let the hustle and bustle of the coming days distract you from what works. We recover together. One day at a time.

Please feel free to share on the lead or anything on your heart. Also, please be sure to reach out to the group in the coming days whenever you need to. Just put off topic in the subject line and let us know what’s going on.

Julie Kreun