When I was a little girl I used to love looking through my mom’s catalogs. They weren’t like the catalogs I receive today, Pottery Barn, Ballards, or Front Gate. Nothing that high end. My favorite catalog was Lillian Vernon because it always had affordable trinkets that even an unemployed child of 10 could afford.
One Mother’s Day I found the perfect gift for my God-fearing mom. I couldn’t have paid more than a few dollars for it because that would be more than I ever kept in my piggy bank. I don’t even know how I ordered it but it must have been by putting cash in an envelope and mailing it off to the company. Master Charge (now Master Card) hadn’t become a part of our family dynamic at that point in time.
Soon the little wooden plaque with the brass plate inscribed with these words arrived in the mail. I wrapped it for mom and proudly presented it to her on Mother’s Day.
She was so pleased that I would order a gift for her. She beamed and hugged and kissed me, and then she said, “Did you know that this is the alcoholics prayer?”
What? I barely even knew what an alcoholic was except that I knew we had some in the family and it wasn’t a good thing.
Though my mom meant no harm I was so embarrassed to have made such a stupid mistake.
Now, on the other side of middle on this birth-to-old age timeline I look at this prayer not as the “alcoholics prayer” but as a prayer that is valuable for anyone facing difficult circumstances.
Feeling grateful for an awesome God who has used the “alcoholics prayer” to change my life.
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