As the end of our calendar year draws closer, we approach a sacred time. These last months of the year are decorated with many holidays and celebrations. Although diverse in origin, common themes emerge from these celebrations such as faith, gratitude and renewal. All too often, though, we are submerged into the many conflicting demands on our time, and worry at times when we feel we should experience ease and togetherness.
We’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving, a time when we engage in that most ancient and primal of spiritual rituals, the sharing of food. It is a time when we are called to appreciate our interconnectedness with others and the world around us. A sentiment captured beautifully in the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Thanksgiving Address.
Greetings to the Natural World. Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people. Now our minds are one.
Can we manifest this spirit as we move forward from Thanksgiving towards the winter holidays and the New Year? Can we notice that it is family and friendship that are the true gifts of the holiday season? At this time of renewal and change, can we view our recoveries as opportunities to bring harmony into our families and into the world around us, remembering that we can do together which we cannot do alone? Let us remember those less fortunate than us, and let it be us that manifests the “hand of AA” that is always there when someone reaches out for help.
In the words of the Big Book, “Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.” May we set this intention as we continue to move forward in and towards new beginnings in our recoveries. Let this be our meditation and our prayer this holiday season in the name of all that is holy and all of the holy names. Amen.