From the February 2013 magazine.

February 2013: One Dark Night

I am a sober atheist with 25 years of sobriety. I have a Higher Power. What I lack is a definition.

I found the AA program in the treatment center I attended. My trouble with “God as we understood him” was that I understood him not to exist. But two weeks into treatment I had an atheist spiritual experience.

On the night of June 19, 1986, I was sitting in my room looking through the south window across the lake at a full moon. I found myself on my knees, realizing that the moon could be a white hole in a black curtain just as easily as a white object in an empty sky, and...

-- Alan P.

St. Cloud, Minnesota

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