Family and Fellowship

This past weekend I had the privilege of being involved in my church’s 100 yr celebration. I also had the pleasure of the weekend off from work.  My parents, now 85, flew up from Florida for the event and I was blessed to have them stay with me, along with my sister Karen, whom they live with. I had a great time seeing, and of fellowship with people I never thought I would see again. The music was awesome, the praise and thanksgiving was moving, to say the least. Many members and staff deserve honor for the hard work. What a family! What a fellowship!

This weekend had a message for the recovering alcoholic and addict, that reflects the statement heard often in meetings; Meeting Makers Make It. My take is this; fellowship with like-minded people, with life-like problems, and realize recovery taught in the “Big Books” and the Bigger Book, the B-I-B-L-E. (Yes, that’s the book for me)

Our recovery hinges on truths we know works for everyone mentally able to understand. Those who think they are unique, able to willpower sober living, (the insane), or one of these days they will suddenly sober up and start attending, miss the greatest blessings ever by misunderstanding the importance of fellowship and family. I laughed more, loved more, and renewed my desire to DO more this weekend than a year of partying at the local bar.

I made it to one NA meeting, and two AA meetings as well as Sat and Sun meetings at church, to see both side of the family! I am grateful for the riches of God’s mercy and kindness, allowing me to be among His family again….what I thought would never happen and certainly do not deserve.

The weekend consummated with a gathering of my parents, sister, children and grandchildren gathering at my home to say farewell to mom and pop. Grateful even more, this would have never happened had I remained entangled in addiction to self-serving. The message to you feeling hopeless is don’t quit! Keep working the steps to recovery, get the sponsor, pray, and by all means….get to meetings and fellowship. This is key in your spiritual fitness and restoring relationships with your birth-family.

Think about who you hang with, your friendships or fellowships and family. Do these build you to live without use?, do they nag you to stop using?, do they enable your using?, do they even care? Come and join the family! Hope is found in meetings of AA, NA, CR….Eternal life with God’s family. If you are a user of dope or alcohol, of porn, gambling, etc., don’t kid yourself, you need both desperately. You come looking to receive, you will in ways you cannot imagine.

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