“They hurried away from the tomb half-overjoyed, half-fearful, and ran to carry the good news to his disciples. Suddenly, without warning, Jesus stood before them and said, “Peace.” The women came up and embraced his feet and did him homage. At this Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid! Go and carry the news to my brothers that they are to go to Galilee, where they will see me.” (Matthew 28:8-10)
This section of the joyous Easter story relates so well to those of us in recovery in that we too are enjoined to spread the message of recovery to other suffering alcoholics. Perhaps the clearest sign of right living for us in AA is a willingness to help others in any way we can. This help takes many different forms and can be as simple as a friendly, welcoming smile to the newcomer at our AA meeting table.
Our home group always needs volunteers for various tasks. Am I willing to step up and be of assistance? Should you find all positions presently filled, how about calling the central office of AA in your area and volunteer to help? The 24-hour AA hotline can be easily transferred to your home telephone so you can cover these calls during the night. This is of tremendous help and will possibly save a life of a despairing alcoholic.
In this Easter season, with the freshness of springtime, we know new joy and new hope. Let us joyfully give back what we can as a concrete way of saying “Thanks!”