Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Galatians 3:6

So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (NIV)

We must lose our fear of creditors no matter how far we have to go, for we are liable to drink if we are afraid to face them. ~ Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition (Kindle Locations 1207-1208).

Credit, debit,
it's a spectrum,
a swinging door,
a teeter-totter.
It's more fun to be the have
than the have not,
to be able to give
than to need to take.
But what if the chips
are not symbols of money
but are blessings
life righteousness,
like love,
like understanding?
It's more fun to be the have
then as well
for we lose none
of the blessings we share.

God, thank you for flowing blessings.
Give me the wisdom to pass them no
and see them expand to us all.

Galatians 3:5-6 (added bonus)

Galatians 3:5-6

So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (NTSB—check that, same as yesterday’s quote)

The doctor said: “You have the mind of a chronic alcoholic. I have never seen one single case recover, where that state of mind existed to the extent that it does in you.” Our friend felt as though the gates of hell had closed on him with a clang. 
He said to the doctor, “Is there no exception?” 
“Yes,” replied the doctor, “there is. Exceptions to cases such as yours have been occurring since early times. Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences. ~ Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 27

We’ve tried.

Followed the rules,
pursued the rabbit tracks,
tried and failed
again and again.
Willpower, resolution, determination, 
threatened consequences,
actual loss…
nothing works.
Is there no exception?
Here and there
once in a while
it happens —
a vital spiritual experience.
We believe what we’ve heard
and miracles happen.

God, grant me serenity.

Grant me awareness
I’m powerless,

Give me a miracle.