Dec. 23, 2017 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

To him, it was not the gift that mattered, but the giver.
 — Walter de La Mare

In our material world today, we often get off track. We forget that what we really need in our lives is love and close friendships. It’s too easy to take our relationships for granted. It’s also too easy to take our sobriety for granted – the big gift of another chance at life.

For Christians, today marks the birth of Christ, the child who came to bring love and forgiveness to all. Whether we are Christian or not, as recovering people, we know that love and forgiveness do open the gates to new life. When we live in the light of our Higher Power – whether we call that power Jesus, Yahweh, Muhammad, Buddha, or Creator – we find ourselves living that new life.

Let each of us, in the name of our own Higher Power; spend this day in celebration of the new life we have been given.

Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, thanks for delivering new light into my life and giving me another chance. Teach me to live in the light of love and forgiveness. What a gift.

Today’s Action
What gifts of love and forgiveness can I deliver to others today? What can I give from my heart that will bring someone light and joy? A smile and a hug? A phone call? An afternoon of conversation and play? I will remember to contact my sponsor today.

You are reading from the book:

God Grant Me… by Anonymous

God Grant Me. . . © 2005 by Hazelden Foundation

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