from "Daily Reflections" by A.A. Members for A.A. Members

 

…we know the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity, ~TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE  TRADITIONS P.94

I love spending time in my garden feeding and pruning my beautiful flowers. One day, as I was busily snipping away, a neighbor stopped by. “Oh, your plants are so beautiful, it seems such a shame to cut them back.” I replied, ” I know how you feel, but the excess must be removed so they can grow stronger and healthier.” Later I thought that perhaps my plants feel pain, but God and I know it’s part of the plan and I’ve seen the results. I was quickly reminded of my precious A.A.program and how we all grow through pain. I ask God to prune me when it’s time so I can grow.

 

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