A Little Inspiration

A fellow member handed out copies of this modified version of the 23rd Psalm last evening and I found it so touching I thought I'd post it here for others to enjoy. At the bottom of the Psalm it says it was distributed at an AA meeting in Attleboro, Mass in July of '78 but no author is credited.

The 23rd Psalm for Those in Recovery

The Lord is my sponsor, I shall not want.

He makes me go to many meetings.

He leads me to sit back, relax, and listen with an open mind.

He restores my soul, my sanity, and my health.

He leads me in the path of sobriety, serenity, and fellowship for my own sake.

He teaches me to think, to take it easy, to live and let live, and do first things first.

He makes me honest, humble and grateful.

He teaches me to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can and gives me the wisdom to know the difference.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of despair, frustration, guilt, and remorse, I will fear no evil.

For Thou are with me, Your program, Your way of life, Your twelve steps, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: rationalization, fear, anxiety, self-pity and resentment.

You anoint my confused mind and jangled nerves with knowledge, understanding and hope.

No longer am I alone, neither am I afraid, nor sicken, nor helpless, nor hopeless.

My cup runneth over.

Surely sobriety and serenity shall follow me every day of my life, one day at a time.

As I surrender my will to You and carry Your message to others, I will dwell in the house of my Higher Power, forever and ever.


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