Monday, November 21, 2005

Keeping Conscious Contact

Prayer to my Higher Power has taken on new and added meaning to me lately because of my mother's illness. I give this to you, from the writings of Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of diffucult circumstances.

TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, page 104

I face some difficult tasks this week. I was informed yesterday that her chances are very slim that she will ever regain an ability to swallow, eat or speak again. Her mobility is progressing just fine and the doctors will most likely release her from the hospital and we must now locate and choose a new home for her (at least temporarily) that can provide 24 hours nursing care.

It is truly a blessing to be sober and clear-headed so that I may be there for her in what is truly her hour of need. I can go forward with a peace of mind I have never known.

4 comments:

Scott W said...

The gifts of sobriety are so great we cannot keep track of them. Pat is lucky to have a son like you. Tell her to keep dancing!

Ricky!!! said...

I amazed how strong both of you have remained through all of this.

AAwoken said...

These are the benefits of living the program. They are miracles. CHerish them.
I pray for your mother.

craftylady said...

You know how to contract me if you want to talk - I'm a good listener. Pat is a survivor and will be happy just to have you and Lisa around.