Something that I hear is when sharing with people and they will bring up about the “God thing...H.P.” They don’t like that.
I know when I came into Al-Anon, I was angry with God, I thought I was a good person, why were we having all these problems.
I prayed and prayed for Him to make them stop drinking, to no avail. So, when we read the 12 steps, there I was confronted with this God, H.P. talk.
In reading the steps, there it hit me again. Step 2 says, “Came to believe that a power greater than myself could restore me to sanity.” I knew I was insane. Not to where I needed to be incarcerated, but my thinking was not very sane. Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Does that sound familiar?
Al-Anon is not a religious program, it is a spiritual program. It took me a while to learn the difference. We do not talk about our religion in the meeting or the church we attend. Or even if we don’t. Al-Anon has a statement in our literature where it says, “Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution. Does not engage in any controversy: neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through it’s own voluntary contributions.
I stayed in Al-Anon even though I had a hard time with God. I knew there was a God and here I was trying to take His place by trying to fix everything. It wasn’t my place to fix it.
The slogan ‘Let go and Let God,’ helped me a lot and I relaxed when I said it. I had to let Him, as He was the only one that could help me. I tried everything else, I was desperate.
Also, the “Came to believe,” part of step two also helped bring me to thinking straight. And little by little, I found a “Loving God” that I could trust. My life became so much easier as I wasn’t carrying this load by myself.
For me, the answer was I had to let go and let him. I get so much out of my Al-Anon meetings. I was told to go for 6 meetings, if by that time, if I still didn’t want to go to them, I could stop.
Won’t you come and join us for 6 times and see if it for you? We meet at Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma every Monday at noon and every Wednesday evening at 6:30. Hope to see you there.
Peace of the Program,