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Oct. 26, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time
Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

Reflection for the Day
From time to time when I see the slogan “But for the Grace of God,” I remember how I used to mouth those words when I saw others whose addictions had brought them to what I considered a “hopeless and helpless” state. The slogan had long been a cop-out for me, reinforcing my denial of my own addiction by enabling me to point to others seemingly worse off than I. “If I ever get like that, I’ll quit,” was my oft-repeated refrain. Today, instead, “But for the Grace of God” has become my prayer of thankfulness, reminding me to be grateful to my Higher Power for my recovery, my life and the way of life I’ve found in The Program.

Was anyone ever more “hopeless and helpless” than I?

Today I Pray
May I know that “but for the grace of God,” I could be dead or insane by now, because there have been others who started on addictive paths when I did who are no longer here. May that same grace of God help those who are still caught in the downward spin, who are heading for disaster as sure as gravity.

Today I Will Remember
I have seen God’s amazing grace.

Hazelden Foundation

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