From the November 2013 magazine. First printed in October 1987.

November 2013: Fire in the Holler

The share that will give us solace may be just around the bend

So often we hear things in meetings that help us though we don’t even realize it until much later. A very dramatic example of this happened to me recently.The first weekend in May I drove to Lexington, Kentucky, from my former home in Millstone, a little town in the Appalachian mountains, to attend some meetings. It’s about a three-and-a-half hour drive, so I spent Saturday night there with a friend in the program.

Sunday morning I went to a speaker’s meeting. The speaker told a very moving story. He said when he’d had about 18 months of sobriety he’d come home from a meeting one night to discover that his house had burned down, and all four of his children had tragically been killed in the fire. His message was simple—he said it was God as he understood God that kept him sober through that terrible time. He said he’d learned that nothing was forever, and that nothing, absolutely nothing, was so bad it could be used as an excuse to drink. He talked about the fire for quite some time, and even remarked on that fact, saying, “I don’t usually talk about this so long but for some reason today I feel moved to share it.”

-- L.O.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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