Today’s Catch is more of a letter than a Catch. We have a little family business to take care of. So far almost all of our feedback on this 12-Step series has been from people who have been in AA for some time, and have already had the 12 Steps affect them in a major way. We are hearing some wonderful life-changing stories, not just in terms of power over addiction, but in terms of coming to a deeper knowledge and relationship with God through the 12-Step experience.
However, I’m assuming that the bulk of you don’t consider yourselves alcoholics and you may not be very familiar with the 12-Step program, and it would be easy to see how you would agree that this is a good thing, but not necessarily for you. To the extent that the goal of the program is sobriety, that might be true, but to the extent that it’s end is a greater understanding of yourself and others, and a deeper, more intimate relationship with God, then it’s for everybody. And that greater understanding is what we are seeking.
To that end we here at the Catch need to know how this is working. We need to hear from some of you who aren’t alcoholics, what, if anything, you have gotten out of this study so far. I may be making the wrong assumptions here. So please consider commenting, even briefly — publicly, by clicking on the comment link below, or privately by responding to this email. Let us know what’s connecting, and what’s not.
I also can’t overemphasize the value of listening carefully to the last few BlogTalkRadio interviews (links below). Each one has been with a pastor or counselor with extensive experience with the 12-Step recovery model and you will find them full of insights that will help open up your thinking on this whole process.
Secondly, I want to call your attention to our prayer ministry. I think we have a tendency to forget from time to time that the Catch Ministry is much more than a blog. A big part of that “much more” is a prayer ministry with a dozen Prayer Warriors praying around the clock and over 300 PrayerPartners who have been touched by this ministry and want to be included in all the prayer needs as they come in. We have noticed, however, that if we don’t remind you, the requests can start to drop off. The prayer button and the encouragement to use it kind of falls off the bottom of the Catch and no one sees it anymore. The fact that fewer requests come in can’t be that there are just no new needs for prayer. We can only assume you forget we’re here for this. Hopefully you haven’t lost faith that prayer makes a difference. Those 300 PrayerPartners? They stay on as partners because they have had prayer answered and they want to pray for your needs now. I have been taking care of an 82-year-old lifelong atheist who in the last few weeks has been opening up to God like a flower in springtime. To what can you attribute that except that we have been praying. Prayer changes things. We are wasting valuable resources if we are not making use of this incredible team. So I am just assuming that you forgot and need a little push. We’re here and we’re waiting.
Looking forward to hearing from you on both these things.
Grace Turned Outward to you for the Journey,
John & Marti