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Grapevine : December 2011
In my early days in Al- coholics Anonymous, I often heard members talk about faith in a power greater than themselves and how im- portant it was to acquire it. Before I stopped drinking, I could Knees in the grass SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS How a reliance on prayer took this man to the grave claim to have faith in alcohol. But even that faith no longer existed when alco- hol stopped doing for me what I had hoped and expected it to do. I have come to believe that faith is acquired by those members who honestly attempt to practice the principles of our program on a daily basis. Sharing our gift of faith with others is our greatest responsibility. At one time, my wife and I were both members of AA. Her father had died during our marriage, and on the anniver- sary of his death, she wanted us to travel to his burial ground and pay our respects. After an hour or so of fruitless search, I could see that my wife was becoming very distressed at not being able to lo- cate her father’s marker. I decided I would offer a prayer to my God, asking for help in our search. I knelt down in a spot that seemed to have a bit more grass than the rest of the area of search. My prayer went something like this: “God, my wife is very distressed at our failure to find her father’s marker. I would appreciate any help aagrapevine.org 51 GRAPE_51-53.indd 51 10/28/11 2:25 PM