Renewing Your Purpose
Sobriety is a journey, not a destination—AA Slogan
The darkness has lifted—
Darkness permitted by You
To refine my character,
Purging each of my foolish ways
And making me more like
The man I’m supposed to be—
The man I’ve always wanted to be.
In the midst of my despair,
When at night I longed for the day,
And in the daytime desired it to be evening,
When sorrows made it difficult to breathe,
You were always there beside me,
Even when I was certain You were not.
As fear relentlessly rattled every part of me,
You continued transforming all that was needed.
Ever mindful of my frailties and weaknesses,
You purged, pruned and cleansed from within.
Then, one day, as I awaited my overwhelming gloom
To return, which had become my daily routine,
It was gone—vanished like it had never been there—
Leaving me stronger, more resilient, and far wiser.
My purpose returned to me, along with my smile.
I embraced life with renewed enthusiasm—
No longer chained to my heartache—
No longer imprisoned by my distress.
Now, being elevated to a new plateau,
I can thank You for making me a new person—
A greatly improved version of myself,
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (II Corinthians 4:6)