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Prayer critical for alcoholics

To the editor:

I enjoyed reading Bishop Clark’s Sept. 4/5 column, “Use ‘down time’ for prayer.” His suggestions are not only useful for bishops; many recovering alcoholics also strive for a deep prayer life.

My friends have taught me to begin each day with prayer, an inspirational reading, and quiet time to hear what God wants me to do. I was instructed to not tell God what to do; I was told to ask for His will and for the willingness to carry it out. For years I tried to cover up the inner voice of God with my drinking. I tried to run away from my responsibilities.

When recovering alcoholics lose the “rhythms of prayer,” they are more likely to get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired (HALT). Bishop Clark used the words grouchy and exhausted for angry and tired. When I feel lonely, I lose a sense of relationship with God and neighbor as the article stated. Frequent prayer keeps me focused and permits me to get more done each day.

Our Bishop was getting ready to go on a retreat. Recovering alcoholics also often do retreats. We need a time away from all distractions — TV, radio, tapes, CDs, computers, phones — to find our purpose.

I am grateful for my friends who have helped me to not drink for over 30 years now, One Day at a Time. If I can strive to do what Bishop Clark described in his article, I will probably be sober another day.

Jim Secosky

South Avenue


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