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Grapevine : January 2012
No w, that’s a connection! DurING a recent AA meeting my hearing aid began shutting down. Trying to be unnoticed, I replaced the battery and clicked the door closed. Sometimes a new battery will be “pokey” and take 5 to 20 minutes to engage, and I wanted to hear what the other members were saying! I opened it several times, and no luck. So I closed my eyes and prayed ... “God, if it be your will, please let the battery engage so I can hear and stay sober.” The bat- tery engaged in a nano second! My Higher Power really worked for me. John C. Gladbrook, Iowa Time well spent We are living on bor- rowed time. We are living today because of AA and the grace of God. I realize that. I am 78 and still go to four meet- ings a week on my bor- rowed time. I also tend the counter at our club on those days. I realized my God didn’t sober me up to stay home and watch TV. I’ve been doing this for 29 years. Try it! You’ll like it. James S. Oconomowoc, Wis. Vital link IJuST want to express my profound gratitude for the gift of the Grape- vine in my 44th year of sobriety. I begin each morning reading from the magazine. Sev- eral years ago, when I was away from meetings for a period, the Grape- vine was the vital link to my AA recovery. I applaud that through the years you have remained faithful to the Statement of Purpose that appears on the first page. Kudos, Grapevine. Keep it up! Wells B. Arlington, Va. Just in time MY mom is dying of cancer, and I can’t tell you how comforting it was for me to read how other people went through this process with grace (Sept. 2011). It was also right on topic with all the 9/11 memorials. Great call. Thank you for being part of my healing/ grieving process. Alicia R. Cincinnati, Ohio AA’S MEETING IN PRINT SEPTEMBER 2011 AAGRAPEVINE.ORG ALSO A BACK PORCH PRAYER & MORE DEALING WITH LOSS Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Give a Gift! GiveaGift! Call 1.800 .631.6025 or visit us at aagrapevine.org andgiveagiftortwoof the Grapevine. 6 January 2012 GRAPE_4-6.indd 6 11/22/11 3:04 PM