Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Help Through the Hard Times
Recovery can be a difficult thing. A hard time. Challenging, and stressful. It isn’t all a walk in the park, to be sure. And watching a loved one battle addiction and alcoholism? That can be difficult, too.
I attended a talk and a brief panel discussion led by an acquaintance of mine, tonight. She is one of those who is (and has been) dealing with a loved one’s active addiction. Getting clean time, and then slipping back into the horrible trap of addiction. Over, and over, and over again.
But, that’s one situation. One personal acquaintance.
The hardship and heartbreak can be multiplied and compounded, time and time again. And then, finally recovery takes hold!
Friends, I have news for you: recovery is not easy. Simple, yes. Easy, no. One bright spot? We do have a Higher Power, ready and able to give us a hand. Help through the hard times. We have other people who are on this same journey. (It sure is easy when we know we are not alone.)
Help is ready to come our way, through friends—through the We of the Program, and through the God of our understanding.
Today’s prayer as listed in the meditation book Keep It Simple: “Higher Power, help me through the hard times. Help me trust in Your love and care.” Good words, God! Lord, in Your mercy, grace and love, hear our prayer.
Like what you read? Disagree? Share your thoughts with your loved ones and continue the conversation.
 Keep It Simple: Daily Meditations for Twelve-Step Beginnings and Renewal. (Hazelden Meditation Series) (San Francisco: Harper & Row Publishers, 1989), November 17 reading.