Dictionary definition of HOPE:
“A feeling of expectation or desire for something to happen; grounds for believing that something good may happen.”
My Higher Power is the spirit of the universe — GOD — a tremendous source of strength that is always with me unless I allow resentment to separate me from the sunlight of the spirit.
The Spirit of God has been born in me through faith. Through sharing, service and giving hope to others. God does not cause tragedy or find you parking places. He is much bigger than that.
I watch hopeless alcoholics walk into meeting rooms every day, grab a hold of hope (of which I may possibly give them a glimpse) and begin a renewal of the spirit within themselves.
This is God–Higher Power–Spirit–whatever you want to call it.
It is not self. Not you. Not me.
We cannot access this universal power through our own self will. Surrendering self, we find all the power we need. MORE than enough. Overwhelming power that we never dreamed of, that carries us through “situations that used to baffle us.”
I am energized and excited by watching transformation happen every day in alcoholics finding strength in being with us, surrendering to the process, and feeling hope again.
Through my showing up, service, and reaching out to another alcoholic, I just might help re-light the candle of hope in someone, helping them to access the power that was available to them all along.
So simple, but not easy.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
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