Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
A.A. Thought for the Day
Let us consider the term “spiritual experience” as given in Appendix II of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. A spiritual experience is something that brings about a personality change. By surrendering our lives to God as we understand Him, we are changed. The nature of this change is evident in recovered alcoholics. This personality change is not necessarily in the nature of a sudden and spectacular upheaval. We do not need to acquire an immediate and overwhelming “God-consciousness,” followed at once by a vast change in feeling and outlook. In most cases, the change is gradual.
Do I see a gradual and continuing change in myself?
Meditation for the Day
“Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” For rest from the care of life, you can turn to God each day in prayer and communion. Real relaxation and serenity come from a deep sense of the fundamental goodness of the universe. God’s everlasting arms are underneath all and will support you. Commune with God, not so much for petitions to be granted as for the rest that comes from relying on His will and His purposes for your life. Be sure of God’s strength available to you, be conscious of His support, and wait quietly until that true rest from God fills your being.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be conscious of God’s support today. I pray that I may rest safe and sure therein.
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Twenty-Four Hours a Day © 1975 by Hazelden Foundation