GOD’S PROMISE: Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like an eagle (Psalm 103:1-5.)
MY PRAYER: Father,
The darkness has lifted—
Darkness permitted by You
To refine my character,
Purging each of my childish 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 fiber of my being,
You continued transforming me from the inside out—
Ever mindful of my frailties and weaknesses.
You purged, pruned and cleansed me from within,
Making me into a far better version of myself
Than I have ever been.
Then, one day, as I waited for my debilitating gloom
To return, which had become my daily routine,
It was gone—vanished like it had never been present—
Leaving me stronger, more resilient, and far wiser.
My purpose also 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, having been elevated to a new, higher plateau,
I can thank You for making me a new person—
With estimable character qualities I thought beyond reach,
MY SLOGAN: Sobriety is a journey, not a destination.
—I am free from the enslaving guilt of my past.
—My outlook on life will reflect God’s love and nothing else.
—My countenance has changed, and I am young at heart.
—I will live life on a new, higher plateau.
MY MEDITATION: 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.)