I will get up, go to my father, and tell him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son! Make me as one of your hired servants.”
So he set off and went home to his father.
And Moses said, “Let me turn aside and see this great sight. Why does the bush not burn up?” And Yahweh saw that he turned aside to see, and God called to him from the midst of the bush, and he said, “Moses, Moses.” And he said, “Here I am.” And he said, “You must not come near to here. Take off your sandals from on your feet, because the place on which you are standing, it is holy ground.”
The other day we were sitting at the tables, sitting around the rooms, listening and talking to one another.
When we say ‘sitting at the tables’ or ‘sitting around the rooms” it is AA slang for having an AA Meeting. These are my rooms and my tables. My AA home. Glory Ground. Holy ground because God is there.
The topic that day was, ‘Why are you here today?’
There were many of the usual responses.
‘I don’t want to drink today.’
‘I want to stay sober.’
“If I go back to drinking again I just might not have another recovery in me. So, I come to as many meetings as I can and don’t drink in between“
’I’m here just for today. So, I won’t drink.”
“My sponsor said “90 meetings in 90 days. This is day 57.”
“I’ve been coming to these meetings for so long I don’t know what else to do.”
“I want my children back. There with CPS right now. A foster home some where. They won’t even tell me. I miss them so much. I hope they’re okay. My husband hates me. He drinks!”
“My new friends are here.”
“I don’t want to go back to jail.
And then this middle aged lady said “When I’m here I don’t feel so out of place and all alone. I’m okay for now. I’m not drinking. And, this is my home for now. This is where I belong. You people accept me even though I’m a drunk. My family and friends don’t anymore. You guys are my family and friends now.”
So, here we are.
God has brought us here. We make it possible for each other. We have come home. That’s AA. We are at home. Where most of us want to be. Where we need to be. Where we should be.
“Oh, but anyway, Toto, we’re home. Home! And this is my room and you’re all here. And I’m not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all, and oh Auntie Em, there’s no place like home!”
Dorothy Gale – The Wizard of Oz