Accept The Love and Pass It On.

So I ask you.

Is there a power greater than Love?

What is it? What is its Purpose?

Is there  a name for it?

Can you describe Love?

Where can Love be found?

How can we control it? Create it? Find it? Enjoy it?

Since Love is by definition completely free of desire and intention of personal gain and since all behavior results from desire and intention (personal gain), how can this be possible?

Many of those I have assisted in substance abuse recovery have asked me questions like this. And many still do. Some resent any reference to God.

Some view their Higher Power as Love. Some say Purpose. Many in fact, believe that they would be shirking responsibility toward their families and communities by dumping all responsibility for their lives and those of their friends and families on this Higher Power. There is no reason according to some, to stretch the meaning of the word, “Power”  by adding a face that no one can see or to describe this Higher Power as having the ability to Will anything into creation or to remove it.

To some, The Ultimate Power is at the same time, The Creator and The Inheritor of All. Some believe that time does not exist, nor distance, nor space. These are the scientists and mathematicians and astronomers, many of whom would rather not be labeled as Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, Jew or Moslem. These people are interested in Truth but realize that Truth is a concept as fleeting and as hard to define as Love.  If recovery is to be succesful,  these arguments must be set aside. One thing seems to come from the lips of all recovering substance abusers who share their message with others: that common message is that we survived and healed with the Love of an unseen source and that of our brother and sisters in sobriety. A friend of mine, an ordained priest, said that if more were known, one might be inclined to believe that the differences in beliefs of the atheist, the agnostic, the Christian, the Jews, Muslims and Hindus would amount to little more than a semantic fandango.  One thing is very clear. In order to heal, we must surrender management of our future to a Power with a greater Past. What greater resume than a record of the past, present and future?

Again, I ask you.

Is there a power greater than Love?

What is it? What is its Purpose?

Is there a name for it?

Can you describe Love?

Where can Love be found?

How can we control it? Create it? Find it? Enjoy it?

Ask around.

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