Bridge Ministry - May 2019
Life Will Take on New Meaning
“Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish…” from the chapter Working With Others in the book of Alcoholics Anonymous (aka the Big Book), the authors could not have been more accurate. Giving back what was so freely given is a suggestion not taken lightly. When taking on the work of helping others to recover as part of my own twelve step program, there is little else that brings as much joy as watching someone who once felt hopeless, ashamed and alone begin their own journey of recovery, eventually to reap the rewards of a safe, sane, useful and free life. Being present to a suffering alcoholic or addict to listen to their own personal history has such a profound effect and is where healing really seems to begin, no matter how low or high their bottom may be. My absolute favorite quote in the Big Book is, “Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.” Why? Because it is what saved my life. Personally, when I’d finally had enough I felt spiritually dead but was too ashamed to speak to my priest. It wasn’t for a year into my recovery that I finally did just that. Instead, initially I spoke to a friend I knew in recovery. I needed relief and I knew my friend had been in my shoes. It took courage but that is where my own spiritual journey of recovery began. My own life began to take on new meaning once I was able to talk freely to another who had stood in my shoes. Gratefully so. If you are suffering from the effects of addiction to alcohol, another substance or behavior, the Bridge Ministry has members that are able to listen and who can point you directly to the help you may need, all in a spirit of anonymity and caring.
The Bridge Team provides a compassionate ministry to engage the hurting, point to direct help, nurture personal growth, and celebrate recovery. Team members: BJ Andrews, Bruce Bennett, Marion Callahan, Charlotte Frazier, Bill McLellan, Ed Myers, Alan Nelson, John Orth, Beverly Pond, Richard Ribb, Terry Tottenham, James Williamson, with guidance from the Rev. Deacon Ed Woolery-Price.