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The Ebb and Flow of Faith
A member discusses a commonly heard AA expression about faith and fear
I have heard it said often that fear and faith cannot live together. It appears to be a local saying, as I did not hear it until I moved to Kankakee County, Ill. I got sober in Reading, Pa., but when I returned to Illinois, I frequented a certain clubhouse. In those four-to-five years in Reading, I did not hear this expression ever. Importantly, my experience is that fear and faith can live in the same person.
Early in sobriety, I was taught fear stood for one of two acronyms. Step 6 in the 12 Steps & 12 Traditions says, "God will not remove our instincts." Fear is a God-given...
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