Having moved into December month and deep winter, we find ourselves perhaps sleeping more and hiding out indoors. Even so, the liturgical calendar moves us into advent and thoughts of the coming once again of our Savior, Emmanuel – God with us in the person of Jesus Christ.

Directly the first assigned scripture passage counsels us to “stay awake therefore! You cannot know the day your Lord is coming.” [Matthew 24:42] This is an admonition precisely directed to us in recovery. That is, we must truly stay awake but also, be alert. We well know the creeping self-delusion that may slip in and overcome us with regard to our use of alcohol during the holiday season. It is, to be sure, a scary thought but also a most needed reminder that we must ALWAYS be on guard, always ALERT to slipping down that awful slope of active addiction.

Nonetheless, as we have dramatically realized in recovery, we are not alone. We have our sisters and brothers in recovery—the ones we sit around the table with at AA meetings. When we think “I can’t do this” the group says “We can do this together.” And as we also know our Higher Power, God, is right there with us to see us through this new day.

Think upon these things today. How fortunate and favored are we in AA!

Prayer: Lord, on this new day of life that You have given me, let me know Your presence with me more fully. Help me to do my part to live joyfully, thankfully and productively. Calling upon Your help and living in union with my sisters and brothers in recovery, I know I am safe. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for another day of life and love. Amen.


These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.