If you eavesdrop at your local AA [Alcoholics Anonymous] meeting, you will sometimes hear those present talking about their “Higher Power.” Most people there would probably understand this phrase to mean God and would be prepared to allow some flexibility in how others may understand God. . . .
I can understand why those who formulated the Twelve Step program did not try to define the Higher Power. They were aware that people could be at different stages of the journey to discovering who God is and did not want this to be a barrier.
—Trevor Hudson, One Day at a Time: Discovering the Freedom of 12-Step Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2007)
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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
—Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, I admit that I cannot live life on my own power. I trust that you love me and want what is best for me. Please help me each day to seek your guidance, to love other people, and to live in a way that pleases you. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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