Spiritual Healing and Recovery

Wednesday June 30, 2021

Prayers and Readings for Today


The Ceiba Tree of Life Spiritual Healing and Recovery Ministry 

daily readings, affirmations and prayers, will be  hosted on the

Saint James The Greater Church of God website beginning on July 1, 2021

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God, bring me to the

point where I can laugh

at some of the difficult as well

as the humorous events of my life.

I pray that I may not

carry the burden of my past.

I pray that I may cast

it off and press on in faith.


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


Read: Psalm 126:1-3     King James Version

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

1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.


The Laughter Of Healing

When we who were captive found freedom and began to enjoy the fruit of recovery, it was a dream come true. After the tears of guilt, shame, repentance, and grief were shed, laughter began to be a part of life again. To laugh is to lift our spirits, and to sing lifts them even higher.

In recovery there can be much to laugh about, to have a sense of humor is a great asset. Laughter does good like medicine, especially when we learn to laugh at ourselves. Indeed, the Lord has done great things for us, and when we are truly aware of how much He has done, songs of joy will come naturally. Even if you cannot carry a tune, a joyful noise will come forth.

-     Barbara Stephens


We were unable or unwilling during our enslavement to affliction to live in the present. The result was that we lived in a constant state of remorse and fear. This was attributed to the ungodly past and its morbid attractions or to the uncertain future and its vague forebodings. Now the only real hope for each of us is to face the present. Now is the time. This moment is ours since the past is beyond recall. The future is as uncertain as life itself. Only the now belongs to us

Am I certain I am living in the now, today?


I mist forget the past as much as possible. The past is over and gone forever. Nothing can be done about the past except to make what restitution I can. I must not carry the burden of my past failures. I must go on in faith. The clouds will clear, and the way will lighten. The path will become less stony and obstructed with every forward step I take. I will heal from the bruises I suffered when I stumbled. My life will be made whole again, for God has no reproach when He has healed me.


Everyday Prayers


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"


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. 


-    The Book of Common 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. 


-     Reinhold Niebuhr


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.



-     Saint Francis of Assisi


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.


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