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Grapevine : December 2011
mechanism. My dad quit drinking when he was 55. Funny, I got sober when I was 55 too. I have been clean and so- ber for more than two years now. I get to live life on life’s terms, one day at a time, with- out a drink. When I first became sober I felt so much bet- ter about myself. I could lay my head on my pillow at night knowing I had not suc- cumbed to a drink that day. (Just a funny: When I was drink- ing, I would come home and look at our cats with envy and think, “How could they be so happy, peaceful and serene without drinking alcohol?”) Before I put that last drink down I used to walk and talk to God on the beach. I wanted to say I was sorry for putting alcohol before him, my husband, my son and my life. I couldn’t say I was sorry because I knew I was going to drink again that day. But I contin- ued to walk on the beach and talk to God. I prayed that he would take away my desire for the drink and replace it with a passion for his holy spirit. My prayer has been answered and for that I am eternally grateful. Anonymous if I worry, why pray? Believing that doesn’t necessarily eliminate worry. In my case, I usually worry a bit be- fore I can remember that earlier in my day, I made a decision to turn my will and my life (that includes worry) over to my stronger power. Faith without works is dead. To keep faith alive, I must work. My work in AA is a labor of love. I have learned that prayer is an expres- sion of the sincere desire of the soul. Members have asked me: If they pray, where does it go? My answer? It’s not important where it goes, but where it comes from. Don H. Gibsons, British Columbia I used to walk and talk to God on the beach. aagrapevine.org 53 GRAPE_51-53.indd 53 10/28/11 2:25 PM