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meeting for today in hth

Post by judy » Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:31 pm

PATTERNS OF LIGHT
STEP 2
WEEK 1
DAY 4
1.4 2 Nephi 24:3 “The Lord shall give thee rest, from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.”
The statement made to the earliest members of AA when they sought medical and psychological help was that they were “100% hopeless, apart from divine help.” (AA, 43). No truer words have ever been uttered about the “hard bondage” of addiction. Only the Lord can give you rest and recovery. Other sources may give you distraction from your pain but only God will give you the rest or peace which “passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7)- the peace which makes no sense considering your outward circumstances, but there you are, at peace. Our addictions may seem to give us a type of peace, but it is always temporary. The pain is not eliminated, just temporarily held at bay. Sooner or later we must face it. Only Christ can give us the kind of peace which prepares us for anything- facing our past (inventory in Step Four) or facing our future, free of the burden of lies we once believed and lived. Thus we must seek” His protection and care with complete abandon.” (AA, 59)
Application:
Ponder and prayerfully write about what the words “complete abandon” mean to you. How much trust would it take to relate to the Lord with kind of childlike faith? How sane is it to keep reaching for something that only gives you temporary relief? How ready are you to take the steps to find the Lord’s rest?

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