Spiritual Healing and Recovery


Wednesday June 23, 2021

Prayers and Readings for Today


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PRAYER FOR THE DAY


Father, help me to hear the 

music of your love and healing in my life.


I pray that when I am weak, 

I may always seek God’s 

endless source of strength.


I pray that in being thus 

revitalized I may meet the day’s challenges,



WORKING THE TWELVE STEPS OF RECOVERY


For Today - Read Step 12

See Twelve-Steps below)


Step 12     Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics [and others in need of spiritual healing], and to practice these principles in all our affairs



DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


Read: Psalm 96     King James Version

(Bible online. Go to: www.biblegateway.com)



DAILY SCRIPTURE LESSON


The New Song Of Recovery


Just think! A day will come in recovery when the darkness will fade into sunrise and joy will come. We will experience joy and laughter where for so long only sadness resided. Praise will come from our mouths, and we will enjoy sharing our stories of recovery with others.


Today it may be difficult to think that could ever happen, but joy is a by-product of recovery. It just happens! Recovery is a new song, and each one of us writes our own. Begin to listen and feel what the heart is singing; then sing that song over and over until it is a part of you. Today we may not feel like singing, but one day soon our songs of recovery will become familiar.


-     Barbara Stephens



THOUGHT FOR THE DAY


Rarely does a chain break in a strong link. Only the weak kinks fail. If we fail this day-by-day program, it will likely be where we are weakest. To be mote steadfast , we emphasize constant contact with our Higher Power. Intelligent faith in His power can be counted on to help us master ourselves. If we had been that strong, we would not need to be in this program. There is no way we can compromise our entire dependence upon a Power greater than ourselves.


Do I still have secret thoughts that I am in complete control of myself?



MEDITATION FOR THE DAY


You need to be constantly recharged by the power of the spirit of God. Commune with Him in these quiet moments until that Divine serenity flows into your own being and revives the weakened will. When you are weary, it is time to rest. When you hunger, it is time to eat. When your spirit begins to fade, it is time to seek God. Our worries, fears, concerns, give way to His loving consciousness and abounding faith.

        



Everyday Prayers



THE LORD'S PRAYER


Matthew 6:9-13     King James Version 


"..... Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, A-men"



PRAYER FOR THE  VICTIMS OF ADDICTION 


O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you; Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. 

Amen


-    The Book of Common Prayer



ERENITY PRAYER


God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace


Taking as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. 

Amen


-     Reinhold Niebuhr



PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is discord, union.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master, 

grant that I may not so much seek 

to be consoles as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and, it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 ​         

Amen


-     Saint Francis of Assisi



AARON'S BLESSING


Numbers 6:24-26     King James Version


The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.



THE TWELVE STEPS OF RECOVERY


Step   1     We admitted we were powerless over our dependencies – that our lives had become unmanageable.


Step   2     Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity


Step   3     Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


Step   4     Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.


Step   5     Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.


Step   6     Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.


Step   7     Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.


Step   8     Made a list of all persons we have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.


Step   9     Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.


Step 10     Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.


Step 11      Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.


Step 12      Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics [and others in need of spiritual healing], and to practice these principles in all our affairs


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