From the August 2017 magazine.

Highlight of the evening

On Tuesday nights, she got to deliver some hope. And some she put right in their hands

One Tuesday evening a fellow alcoholic named Ali asked me to join her at the county jail to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous. She wanted me to share my experience, strength and hope. At first, I had some hesitation and fear. But I heard my sponsor’s voice say, “Don’t say no to service,” so I joined her. By saying yes that day, I was privileged and most grateful to have a monthly commitment that lasted three years.

Soon I began to have a spiritual awakening as I saw how my experience could help others. When the women in the jail nodded their heads with identification, their eyes would light up with a glimmer of hope. Many women smiled and some laughed so loudly that the guard would have to tell us to “keep it down!” I saw that the feeling of uselessness and self-pity the women had began to disappear when they shared the how, what and why that had landed them in jail. The gratitude they expressed for bringing them an AA meeting gave me hope and kept me sober. With each visit, I grew closer to the God of my understanding.

-- Sherry A.

Warwick, New York, USA

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