Devils and Dust

 

I got God on my side
And I’m just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear’s a powerful thing, baby
It can turn your heart black you can trust
It’ll take your God filled soul
And fill it with devils and dust

Devils & Dust — Bruce Springsteen

Before I found recovery, fear filled my soul with devils and dust. Now, I can fill it with God instead.

A meditation for December 3, 2012

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Character defects

 

“A nun I know once told me she kept begging God to take her character defects away from her. After years of this prayer, God finally got back to her: I’m not going to take anything away from you, you have to give it to me.” — Anne Lamott, Help, Thanks, Wow: the Three Essential Prayers

To me, this captures the key to Steps 6 and 7. Our Higher Power will not take our defects from us until we are ready and until we ask. I have found this to be true in my life.