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Published September 2017.

The Greatest Gift

The greatest possible gift is the return of something treasured that was lost. In her case, that meant God

I look around the rooms and marvel at the “young” people—AAs who are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, some of whom have a number of 24 hours under their belts. Not so with me. I was 60 years, 1 month and 2 weeks old when I finally had enough. In fairness to me though, I didn’t begin drinking alcoholically until I was in my late 30s, early 40s.

I was one of seven children but grew up with a brother 2 years older than me and a brother 2 years younger. We were brought up with a loving, caring God, who blessed us with everything we needed and a lot of what we wanted. I never doubted for a minute that he loved me. And we prayed to him. We prayed to praise him, and we prayed to thank him. We never prayed to ask him for anything—after all, hadn’t he given us so much already?

-- Ethel D.

Hudson, Fla.

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