I've only ever been once before, and while it was nice, I came out of it feeling like that wasn't what we needed at that point in our lives. He has been off and on since. So we went to a new group, closer to our new home. The old group was specifically for pornography addiction and would separate the men and the women. We walked in to this group, the first ones to arrive, and it was all in one room. Then another couple arrived. Since it was Mother's Day, attendance was low and there was just two couples and the facilitators.
Anyway, the other couple were regulars and he spoke first. It was then that we realized this was a group for all addictions, as this man was an alcoholic. I was worried that my husband wouldn't comment, but he did and I was proud of him. It was a nice meeting. At the end of the meeting, the couple that runs the group both made some comments about how much they loved the 12 step program. She said, "I wish everyone could go through this, it can help with so many of life's problems, not just addiction." She talked about the humility that comes from this process and I suddenly had a clear image in my mind of this humble group, now sitting in a 12 step meeting, one day standing in exaltation. I could see the connection between humbling ourselves and attempting to be obedient and being received in glory in due time.
It was peaceful. And it reminded me of a quote that I have in my quote book,
"...in a small room where bottoming out opens up to life,
where humiliations lead to humility -
and to all other blessings."
I thought it was a perfect quote to go with the vision that I had been given.
But wait, it gets better...
I have had this quote in my quote book for so long that it is on page 1 of 46 and I've been keeping this document since about 1991, so I've had this quote about that long. I decided to Google the quote and see if I could get some context on it.
What I found astonished me and brought tears to my eyes. The story comes from an article published in The Catholic Digest. The story's subject? Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous...
You can read the whole article here.