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Spiritual Healing and Recovery

 

Thursday July 20, 2023

 

 

 

Prayers and Readings for Today

 

 

 

 

THE LORD'S PRAYER

 

Matthew 6:9-13

King James Version

 

" . . . . Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, 

Amen"

 

 

PRAYER FOR VICTIMS OF ADDICTION

 

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you; Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love.

Amen

 

-     The Book of Common Prayer

 

 

SERENITY PRAYER

 

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference,

 

Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace; taking as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will; that I may be reasonably happy in 

this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

 

Amen

 

    Reinhold Niebuhr

 

 

 

PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is discord, 

union. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoles as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and, it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen

-     Saint Francis of Assisi

 

AARON'S BLESSING

 

Numbers 6:24-26     

King James Version

 

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.

 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

 

 

 

THE TWELVE STEPS OF RECOVERY

 

 

Step 1     We admitted we were powerless over our dependencies – that our lives had become unmanageable.

 

Step 2     Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

 

Step 3     Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

 

Step 4     Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

 

Step 5     Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

 

Step 6     Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

 

Step 7     Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

 

Step 8     Made a list of all persons we have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

 

Step 9     Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

 

Step 10   Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

 

Step 11   Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for 

knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

 

Step 12   Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics [and others in need of spiritual healing], and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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