Living Fire Hydrants

“When I?m late to church, people turn around and stare at me with frowns of disapproval. I get the clear message that I?m not as responsible as they are. When I?m late to Alcoholics Anonymous, the meeting comes to a halt, and everyone jumps up to hug and welcome me. They realize that my lateness may be a sign that I almost didn?t make it. When I show up, it proves that my desperate need for them won out over my desperate need for alcohol.”

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I read this quote today in an article by Philip Yancey as he shares what a friend once said to him. I was really struck by this quote. It got me thinking.

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What explains the two very different responses to his coming in late?

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Brokenness. Recovering alcoholics are broken and they know it. God loves brokenness. They dispense grace to others like water out of a fire hydrant. God calls the church to be grace givers but we tend to be stingy with it. Our reflexive response is so often to judge rather than to accept. We might give lip service to our being broken but our attitudes and thoughts betray us. That kills me. I hate that about myself.

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I hope ACC isn’t like that too much.

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This also reminded me how badly we need a Christ centered recovery ministry at ACC. We have the vision. We just need a leader. Please join me in praying God raises up the leader we need.

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Peace,
?Dave

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