As we sat over lunch yesterday, my new friend looked me straight in the eye and said, “We’re both alcoholics.” It startled me to hear her say that, for I knew she had not drunk for many years. When the words sank in, though, I recalled that alcoholics who have recovered through AA speak of themselves as alcoholics, the thinking being, I believe, that their addictive tendency is something they must fight all their lives.
“We’re both alcoholics,” my friend had said, and as she continued with the conversation she added details of her friend’s life. “She attends AA meetings four times a day.”
“Four times a day? Is that what you said?” I quizzed.
“Yes, she attends AA meetings four times a day, and it has helped her tremendously. She is doing very well.”
This morning as Jerry and I walked, he asked me. “Yesterday at lunch, did she say her friend went to AA meetings four times a day?”
“Yes,” I replied.
I continued to think of this conversation and how important it is to commune with God throughout our day. He is our strength, our source of energy, our compass and direction point, our center. We must communicate with Him throughout our days. The scripture in I Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing” doesn’t prescribe our being constantly in chapel or on our knees. That is impossible, of course. The gist and thrust of the scripture is that we are to live our lives—our daily ordinary lives— in a prayerful godly attitude. Going to church once a week won’t suffice, a casual prayer every few days is not enough, a monthly reading of His Word is inadequate. Daily, often and sincerely, we must communicate with Jesus, with our leader, our guide, our facilitator.
Going to AA four times a day has enabled one woman to live a sober, profitable life. Attending to God, listening carefully for His voice, hearing and acknowledging Him throughout our days will doubtless give us happy, sober and productive days. Know something else? We’ll get to Heaven that way!
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