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May 29, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step

Friday, May 29, 2015

“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” – Step Two

Today, whether a newcomer or veteran of the Program, if the term Higher Power discourages me because my faith has been ravaged by alcohol or a less than serene sobriety, let me re-read and understand the literal interpretation of Step Two. We are not asked to believe but come to believe in the possibility of a Higher Power. If I shrug off that possibility, I need only look to why I came to AA in the first place. And in doing that, I also reached for the possibility that some help I needed desperately exists. But if I cannot yet grasp the concept of a higher power, let me believe that Step Two is telling me that coming to believe in and accepting a higher power is a dynamic process, one that requires ongoing change. Just as I did not become sober after my last drink and needed weeks, months or longer to go from being dry to being sober, so it goes with developing an understanding of the principles of the Twelve Steps. Today, I will not give up if I do not  believe in that higher power and instead will proceed with the promise of Step Two that I will one day find my higher power. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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