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Spiritual Healing and Recovery


Saturday - November 26, 2022


Prayers and Readings for Today

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PRAYER FOR TODAY


I pray that I may know when to withdraw for renewal of strength.


I pray that I may learn how to rest and to listen, as well as how to work.


Lord God, help me break out of my ethnic or cultural notions of who you are so I can truly be free.



WORKING THE STEPS


Read Steps 11 and 12

(See Twelve Steps below)


Step 11 Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.


Step 12 Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics [and others in need of spiritual healing], and to practice these principles in all our affairs.



DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


Read: Romans 9 - 11

King James Version

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DAILY SCRIPTURE LESSON


Ethnic Addiction


Think of a person or a group of people that is very different from you. Imagine now that they are going to be given all that your people have worked so hard for, all you have struggled for, but they do not have to do the work you did or follow your rules.


In this passage Paul told the Jewish nation two things that must have horrified them. First, he said that non-Jews (Gentiles) could receive God’s salvation by faith, without following Jewish laws. Second, he claimed that the Jews would not receive salvation if they ignored simple faith, clung to their laws, and tried to earn God’s favor.


Such are the obstacles to be overcome in facing what may be called “ethnic addiction.” Many of us belong to clearly defined ethnic groups, cultures, or subcultures – Italian, Irish, African-American, Midwestern-Bible-Belt-Suburban, and so on. In these groups we can find specific expectations and rules for behavior (written and un-written). Anything that threatens the group’s way of thinking or doing things is strictly forbidden.


Paul is saying that we cannot find our security in a set of rules or expectations, and that we cannot earn our way to heaven by belonging to a certain group. We will have to let go of our limited cultural notions about God to find freedom.


The same is true for recovery. It cannot be earned by following anyone’s rules or expectations, or by simply belonging to a certain cultural group. It can only be received if we humbly “let go and let God.” It may take time for that message to sink into our souls, but it is a message of freedom and joy.


-     Bill Chickering



EVERYDAY PRAYERS



THE LORD'S PRAYER


Matthew 6:9-13

King James Version


" . . . . Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, 

Amen"



PRAYER FOR VICTIMS OF ADDICTION


O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you; Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love.

Amen


-     The Book of Common Prayer



SERENITY PRAYER


God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference,


Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace; taking as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

Amen


    Reinhold Niebuhr



PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is discord, 

union. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoles as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and, it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen


-     Saint Francis of Assisi



AARON'S BLESSING


Numbers 6:24-26     

King James Version


The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.




THE TWELVE STEPS OF RECOVERY


Step 1     We admitted we were powerless over our dependencies – that our lives had become unmanageable.


Step 2     Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


Step 3     Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


Step 4     Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.


Step 5     Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.


Step 6     Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.


Step 7     Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.


Step 8     Made a list of all persons we have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.


Step 9     Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.


Step 10   Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.


Step 11   Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for 

knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.


Step 12   Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics [and others in need of spiritual healing], and to practice these principles in all our affairs.