From the December 2012 magazine.

December 2012: Unopened Gifts

Alone on Christmas Eve, a newcomer makes a risky deal with God

I first got through the doors of AA the way that I’m sure many of our members did. My spouse gave me an ultimatum: “Stop drinking, or I’m going to leave you.” So it came as a big surprise when, after I managed to string together three weeks of sobriety, my wife packed her bags and left me.

Not surprisingly though, for the next many, many meetings, when I shared, the only thing that came to my mind was my wife’s departure. The other members of the group would try to help me out by reciting some annoying slogans such as “Nothing in this world happens by mistake,” “One day at a time,” and “Don’t stop before the miracle happens.”

-- Bruno W.

Colinton, Alberta, Canada

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