A couple of scripture passages for this second week of Advent speak directly to us in AA. The first one was the gospel for December 9: “Jesus said to his disciples: What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more ovedr it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.” Matthew 18:12-13
Now and again we find the lost one who has strayed from our path of sobriety. It makes us downcast but such an incidence should also awaken our heart to go after that one and offer him encouragement to get back on the sober path.
I am reminded, in this regard, of our Guest House founder, Austin Ripley, who was once asked: “How far do you go with an alcoholic?” Rips reply was: “You go as far as you possibly can – and then one step more.”
This is the true spirit of AA and our own ongoing recovery. Indeed it is the true Spirit of Christ, our redeemer and savior.
Then in today’s gospel we hear Jesus say to us: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Should we accept to stay close to our God, we will find life much more enjoyable. His love is all we need.
Take, Lord, and receive
All my liberty, my memory,
My understanding and my entire will.
All I have and call my own
You have given to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours;
Do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.