November 2013: Gruff Love
From Grapevine Magazine, October 2006
At a recent meeting, we discussed the Twelfth Step. The leader spoke, in part, about the unfairness of life and a God who allows injustice to take place. His sibling had died some months ago and he still struggled to come to terms with his loss.
I left the meeting disappointed with myself for having offered sympathy without drawing on my own experience. His lingering grief reminded me of a time, 13 years earlier, when I had shared from a similar painful place. I hadn’t shared about a death, although I, too, had lost siblings in recovery. I shared about the pain I felt from a...
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