Prayers For Albert

I sent an email to Albert as I hadn’t heard from him in some time. His sister emailed back that Albert had passed away of a heart attack in April. He was still dealing with the loss of his son. Rest in peace my friend.

This writing is from a friend, Jim LaPierre:
Through the course of recovery from alcoholism, we learn mindfulness and healthy expression because we understand that everything is connected. Our sobriety, our self care, managing our responsibilities and working our programs are all intimately dependent upon each other. One of the wisest women I’ve had the honor of knowing reminded me every so often, “We can go back to step one at any time. No matter how well you’re doing, things will happen that rock your world and you’ll be completely powerless over them.” I’ve come to have a strong appreciation for how right she was. The things that tend to impact me the hardest are the things I couldn’t possibly have anticipated, much less controlled. The most difficult of these has been the unexpected death of a loved one. These are the times when it seems the world should simply stop turning. In the midst of our shock and loss we temporarily regress. Our functioning is diminished. In very short order, however, we must resume vigilance because as we well know; what we refuse to deal with will deal with us. We have a long history of avoiding feelings in our past and cannot afford to resume our old ways. Avoidance and repression of emotion are fodder not only for our disease; they are also the fuel that feeds our depression and anxiety. Left unattended, they are major contributors to relapse. The best way we can honor those who went before us is to live the lives they would want for us. The last thing they’d want is for us to spend time in self pity. They’d want us to let go, get our needs met, and get back to the business of living. Ask your Higher Power for grace. A wonderful old timer told me once that grace is “unmerited divine intervention.” The silver lining of loss is that we grow spiritually because we rely more fully on God to see us through the dark valleys in our lives. If you find yourself stuck, be mindful that there is no greater honor than being of service to another alcoholic. Reach out to newcomers and help them find their way. As Grandma Moses so simply and powerfully said, “Pray for the ones that are gone, and fight like hell for the living.”
(This picture is the last place Albert got sober)

Photo courtesy of ALBERT!
Photo courtesy of ALBERT!
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8 thoughts on “Prayers For Albert

  1. Thank The Lord for this day and for all that is in it.
    My times are in His hand.
    My soul rests with Him, my Anamchara.

    By God’s immeasurable grace a profound spiritual experience came upon me in Sitka Alaska. The year was 1999 and was a pivotal point of my spiritual journey which I know I had already been on for all my life but consciously participating in since 1987.
    It was then that I openly acknowledge being sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way I had been living and most of all of myself. God’s grace though unrealized had always been present but not recognized but since then has been coming like the dew of the morning.
    In my professional life and was a necessity to be able to bracket the deeper emotional ties commonly called compassion for others in order to be the calm and considerate and especially efficient physician for we had a long known we must not allow emotions to cloud our professional judgment.
    So I had known for a long time that the deepest levels of compassion were foreign to me because they were long bracketed away.
    Providence had other plans for me.
    I was to have a rebirth of very deep feelings for others.

    On a vacation trip to Alaska one of the day trips was to an Arboretum and wounded bird sanctuary in Sitka and as we were strolling through this peaceful place a very deep spiritual connection occurred as I watch these magnificent animals sitting on their perches as healing was happening and one day be released once again into their world.

    The next morning at 8 spiritual sharing meeting I attempted in my tremulous and shy way to tell the group about it and I broke down in sobs and tears which by the way told them more than I ever could.

    A lasting healing was accomplished.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12th stepper.

  2. Prayers sent our for Albert and his family. He was a fighter but I can’t imagine his grief. Grief has always been my greatest fear and this program, albeit slowly, teaches me to lean upon my higher power. Or should I say I still resist and forget who’s in charge.Grateful to be aware today. My times are also in his hands.

  3. At the blueness of the sky’s and in the warmth of summer
    We Remember them………
    Passage by Syboni Kumen and Rabbi Jack Reimer

    We remember you Albert, and your shares of experience , strength and hope.

    Thank you Bonnie for letting this 24 participants know and your care for your fellow person.

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