Suffering That Heals
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Those of us who have worked through the Twelve Steps will see life from a distinctive viewpoint. We'll see things differently from those who haven't acknowledged and dealt with their own pain. We've processed the depth of suffering that comes from growing up in this broken world. We're well acquainted with our own grief, and compassionate toward others who are hurting. The things we've suffered have helped us learn valuable lessons about life that can't be learned any other way. We have a message of hope for those still held prisoner by their addictions.
Even the Savior of the world learned from the things he'd suffered. Jesus spoke of himself by quoting Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord's favor has come" (Isaiah 61:1-2). Isaiah told us that Christ would be, "a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief " (53:3).
We're not the Savior of the world, but like him, we've learned through the things we've suffered. And we have good news for those who are brokenhearted and imprisoned.
We have learned much through our painful steps toward recovery; we will learn even more as we share it with others.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.