From the May 2015 magazine.

Surrounded by Love

How a group in Canada showed a man with shaky hands that he was in the right place

As I got to my AA meeting, a car on the other side of the parking lot caught my attention. I didn’t understand what was going on at first. I could see this man’s eyes staring at me as I entered the church hall. He seemed familiar, so naturally I thought it was just someone whom I hadn’t seen in a while.

About five minutes after I went in and sat down, one of the other members walked in with that man. He had all the signs of a newcomer; his body was slumped from despair, then it would straighten occasionally from the hope he was finding in the meeting. His friend introduced him by his first name and mentioned to us that it was his very first AA meeting.

-- Derek R.

Ottawa, Ontario

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