Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well. Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Mark 5: 21-36
You may be someone like Jairus who has always had a good standing in the community; been at your job for a long time; married for many years or you may be like the woman who has had issues in her life for many years.
One was someone who by all accounts had it all together in the eyes of others; the other was visibly ill and was required by law to cry out unclean so that no one would come close to her and possibly become ill themselves because they touched her by mistake.
Some of us can relate to Jairus; we’ve got it all going on or so it seems; life looks good on the outside but we are unable to stop what is dying in our lives; we are hopeless and cannot change our situation on our own.
Others of us look in the mirror and we see a good for nothing addict/alcoholic who visibly is tore up from the floor up, beat up from the feet up, jacked up from the back up and needing a check up from the neck up; we may as well walk through life crying out "unclean!".
We have the scars of a life from using and drinking that have ruined our health, our smile, our confidence and our hope. The prospect of work and a place to lay our heads at night is but a distant dream; it may seem like we will die a hopeless addict/alcoholic.
There is a solution and His Name is Jesus Christ. There is hope in Christ; there is healing in Christ; there is wholeness in Christ. There is FREEDOM in Christ. The Big Book reminds us that God could and would if He were sought.
We are a Christ centered 12 step program; first and foremost we use the Bible as the source for our recovery and we use the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. We pray for others in our meeting who desire and ask for prayer for themselves or for others. We do talk about God and His Son Jesus Christ and are not ashamed to bring biblical truths into our group meetings.
The Big Book uses the word God 298 times and not by mistake; Bill Wilson declared that he was saved (“For sure I’d been born again.” [Source: Bill W., My First 40 Years (Center City, Minn.: Hazelden, 2000), 147); you can be saved too. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
If you have decided that you want what we have then come and be a part of what God is doing in the lives of hopeless alcoholics and addicts and find hope for your hopeless condition. To God be the glory!
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