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​Spiritual Friday: Hope

For the next several weeks, our topics will revolve around the 12 Spiritual Principles represented in the 12 Steps. This past week we focused on Step 2: Hope.

We started with Tibetan bells and a brief meditation lead by our spiritual leader and meditation teacher Charlene. Several of the patients asked to present spiritual readings.

I played a perfect song called “Another Train” by The Poozies: “There’s another train, there always is. Maybe the next one is yours, get up and climb aboard…”

The song is sung in a cappella and the lyrics speak powerfully about letting go, regret, and fear. The patients loved it!

We then passed our bag of “If” questions around:

Q: If you could have an angel whisper one thing in you ear every day, what would you want to hear?
Just breathe.

Q: If you could name your biggest fear, what would you say?
The unknown and losing the love of my family.

Q: If you could name the most powerful moment of silence you have ever experienced, when would it have been?
On 9/11 when they told us in school why we were going home.

Q: If you could name the emotion that has decreased in importance to you what would it be?

In smaller groups, I handed out a printed copy of “The Promises” from the Big Book.

“If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.”

There is so much hope in these. I loved what one of the patients said: “I love ’The Promises’ because somebody has been there before me so I know it’s real and makes me hopeful that they can happen for me.”

Some of the questions we discussed in small groups included:

  • Is there a difference between hope and faith?
  • What gives you hope?
  • What are your hopes and dreams?
  • The 11th Step Prayer states, “Where there is despair, let me be hope.” How can you be hope today for another?
  • Are you hopeful?

That’s a wrap everyone! We will move on to Step 3 and faith in two weeks. This upcoming Friday, it’s going to be all about the love!

Reverend Laurie Durgan