October 23, 2015
I've been out of town for a few Fridays and I’m SO happy to be back home doing what I really love! What a blessing to have work that we love. I've missed you all, the patients especially!
Last Friday was led by Spiritual Leaders Jack and Charlene. Jack's topic of "Grace" was perfectly beautiful.
What exactly is "grace"? This is how the patients responded to that question: Self love, simple, poise, beauty, forgiveness without an apology, doing the right thing when no one is looking, tranquility, serenity, order, blessing, a state of contentment, integrity, goodwill towards each other, G-d to Us and Us to G-d.
The spiritual leaders shared their idea of grace in their traditions - Christian, Vendanta (Hinduism), and Judaism.
"There, but for the grace of G-d, go I. - John Bradford
"Learn to be what you are and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not." - Henri Amiel
"Grace is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason.” - Pope Francis
"I do not at all understand the mystery of grace, only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. - Anne Lamott
Patients were asked how they have experienced grace:
- "I flat lined after a motorcycle accident and when I woke, I knew I wanted to live."
- "Overdosing and being found by my mother."
- "Being at Caron."
- "Being shot and still being alive."
Patients were shown the following video:
Follow up discussions focused on how wisdom comes from learning from our mistakes and how generosity means giving to others expecting nothing in return. The group also talked about what it feels like to have no passion; one patient was asked to share how he changed from being dispassionate about everything and everyone, including himself, to being awake and enthused about his life in sobriety. He started praying and totally changed. The patients actually encouraged him to start a prayer group at residence!
"Each person is born with an unencumbered spot - free of expectation and regret, free of ambition and embarrassment, free of fear and worry - an umbilical spot of grace where we were each first touched by G-d. It is this spot of grace that issues peace." - Mark Nepo
Amazing, miraculous Grace is yours.
Reverend Laurie Durgan