Every human being, no matter what his attributes for good or evil, is a part of the divine spiritual economy. Therefore, each of us has his place, and I cannot see that God intends to exalt one over another…. In Gods economy nothing is wasted.
~ Bill W., founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
In recovery, or 12-Step, programs (AA, NA, GA, OA, SAA, etc.), prayer is an integral part of the program, both at meetings and for individuals. Most 12-Step meetings open with the group reciting the Serenity Prayer (see below) and close with either the same prayer or the Lord’s Prayer. In the AA Big Book, there are a number of suggested prayers for some of the steps (e.g. Third Step Prayer.) Many individuals in recovery find regular daily use of prayer, often taken from their own religious traditions, very helpful in managing their daily lives and staying sober.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
(based on a prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr)
This Week’s Affirmation:
“We are all related.”
(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)