My names is Gordon James. I am a recovering alcoholic in Alcoholics Anonymous and an Orthodox Christian. It took me about 15 years to get from AA to Orthodoxy.
Now when I say I am an alcoholic, I was not a person who had a problem with booze. I was a hard-core, 24/7 drunk for the last 10 years of my drinking until I reached age 50. Wishing and trying to die numerous times by drinking myself to death and losing nearly everything, I finally came to the end of myself. I then began my journey from Idolatry to Sobriety to Orthodoxy. It was not easy for me and I kicked against the goads for a long time. But, as you can see I have turned ‘round right’ as the Shakers use to sing. God’s Grace, plain and simple
I’m now a good husband, father and grandfather. I am retired. I love being at home alone, quiet and in prayer. I attend AA meetings with my friends and help out when and where I can. I go to church as much as is offered, when I can.
I am not a smart man. My best thinking got me here. I am a random abstract thinker. I have cobweb thoughts that make connections all over the place, all the time. My writing skills are limited.
When I sit in AA meetings, hearing other’s stories and my own I often think that Orthodoxy says the same thing, just differently. And vice versa when I am in Church listening or at prayer. And before I know it I have something written in my head made up of these connections.The same thing happens when I read Scripture, The Church Fathers, Orthodoxy and AA (Big Book) literature. My own Glimpses of Glory.
Somehow, I know God is speaking to me.
Finally. One day I was screaming at a friend saying ‘Why the @*&#)€ am I not getting any better? Why aren’t you helping me? And she said, ‘One of these days you’re going to say say exactly what you need to hear.’ Sometimes I think that’s exactly how God talks to us. St.Peter’s a fine example.
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.