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Eucharistic prayer [Feb. 9th, 2004|09:07 pm]
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logicalargument
[mood |goodgood]

This is the phrase that I mentioned from the Eucharistic prayer:

"Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed."
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Rehearsal [Feb. 9th, 2004|08:18 pm]
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logicalargument
[mood |relaxedrelaxed]

During the day today I was nervous about our rehearsal, but as soon as we were all together tonight, all that tension began to ease. Just being with you all makes such a difference.

It's really true that we are so much stronger together as a group than any one of us could be individually. I could feel the blending of our strengths (and our weaknesses) into a joyful mosaic of God's work in progress.

So, I'm really feeling good about this right now. I came home tonight with a smile, and a much better attitude than I had earlier in the day. I can see the coffee get-togethers at the Solid Rock Cafe, and the barbecues and the Fourth of July picnic all coming up, and it all feels so right.

I've had my moments of doubt, but when we're together, I know that God is with us. With all our weaknesses, all of our hurts, habits and hangups, no matter how fragile each of us may be alone, that no longer matters ... because we're not alone any more.

Huge hugs to (((( freedbyjc2003 )))) - let's all say it in unison. "Hi, Dave!"
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Starting on Lesson One - Denial [Feb. 9th, 2004|12:17 am]
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logicalargument
[mood |ambitious]

Hi all. I didn't get back home until about 10 PM, already too late to chat with anyone from our group, so I'm going to turn that frustration to something productive. (Well, in a sense I already have, by spending some more time tonight thinking and writing about rediscovering healthy models of friendship, so the time so far hasn't been entirely wasted either.)

We aren't officially starting on Lesson One from "Stepping Out of Denial Into God's Grace" until Tuesday, but I'm going to begin here with a few thoughts on the acrostic for D.E.N.I.A.L. before we get to the specific questions in the workbook.

For three years I wore the word "denial" as a flag of pride, while working on the "bring back Doyle to Angel" fan campaign. We held an online virtual convention in May 2000 and called it DenialCon. One of our websites was called Legion Denial. Another was called DeBanks of DeNial.

When Glenn Quinn died, I really began to experience the irony behind that word "denial."

I am going to post a separate entry for each of the letters in the acrostic. Anyone who wants to post a comment to one specific letter in the acrostic may do that, or you can post a comment on each one. I leave it up to each one of you as your time permits.

I will be friends-locking these, which means that you will see a little padlock symbol next to the entry in your browser if you are logged in to LiveJournal. If you are not logged in, you won't see them at all. Only the members of this community can read the "locked-down" posts.

Ready, set, go ....
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You know that you've had a good meeting when ... [Feb. 7th, 2004|10:15 pm]
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logicalargument
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

You know that you've had a good meeting when it makes you shake a little afterward (and deal with the "who you gonna call" issue) because you have discovered something new about the workings of your mind.

You know that you've had a good meeting when you started it off thinking that you couldn't possibly care any more for this particular group of people than you already do ... and you discover that you're wrong. There is always more.

You know that you've had a good meeting when even the things that weren't said are clearer to you than they were before.

You know that you've had a good meeting when even the things that haven't been done yet are already part of you.
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Re-Evaluating my Faith [Feb. 4th, 2004|08:59 pm]
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faith_in_god
[mood |happyhappy]

I am just starting really get in touch with my faith. I am enjoying being part of the CR Group. I am hoping that it will help me and i will be able to help other people as well.
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Finally! [Feb. 4th, 2004|08:37 pm]
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ladyofyosts
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

I'm in! It's only taken forty-forevers for me to join.

M
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Welcome! [Feb. 4th, 2004|04:46 pm]
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logicalargument
[mood |welcoming]

Welcome to our new online members classiclady
faith_in_god and
ladyofyosts

I'll get you all on here eventually. (rubs hands together with an evil cackle)
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I don't know about anyone else, but ... [Feb. 3rd, 2004|10:24 pm]
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logicalargument
[mood |amusedamused]

I know that I had fun during tonight's chaotic first try at an online meeting!

Yeah, it didn't quite work as planned. (So what ever does?)

We had to use a voice conference room instead of the chat room so that Dave could speak and be heard. I had three computers logged in with three different Yahoo! IDs, so that I could keep the chat room in view, talk on one computer, and check on a third that the sound was coming through, as I tried to get everybody into the voice conference ... very much like herding cats (sorry, Chris, we tried and tried, I don't know why we couldn't get you in). John tried (and pretended to fail) to guess all of our secret identities.

There was Becki, eating her ice cream at my desk instead of at her own, so I set up the webcam to point at her. She was blissfully unaware that since my mic was on, Dave could hear everything she said.

Evil stepmothers of the world, unite!

We were far too busy laughing to do a real meeting. Dave gave it a brave try, though. (applause)

jesusochild - I finally did get to the calendar .... now I just have to remember to check it on Saturday, but I'm looking forward to coffee with you. :-)
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Learning that I am not in control ... and I don't have to be [Jan. 31st, 2004|09:33 am]
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logicalargument
[mood |lovedloved]
[music |"In God We Make Our Boast" (Hosanna! Praise)]

Thank you, everyone, for all of your laughter, hugs and support. What a wonderful meeting we had last night! I'm delighted that we will be sharing an online step meeting, because we all need to be working through the steps together. I know that I need it desperately. I have been afraid to admit that I need the help of other people. I'm admitting it now.

Next weekend is going to be hectic, if everything happens as planned - the trip out to Syracuse and the women's get-together and then the "Saturday Night Live" service, all in the space of two days - but I believe that being together, spending time with each other, is something we need to do before Friday the Thirteenth arrives. Once we're officially "open for business," there won't be as much time for fellowship with one another, and that's not necessarily a bad thing - we will be forming new connections - but we need each other, too.

I love you all (even the one who isn't able to be here with us right now), more than I ever thought possible, but I also know that I'm not in charge. I'm not responsible for making it work. God is.

I like repeating that last phrase.

God is.
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Reflections on the First Principle, Part One [Jan. 27th, 2004|10:04 am]
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logicalargument
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

I'm going to begin my own series of reflections on Rick Warren's Eight Principles of Celebrate Recovery today (and I invite others to join in). I am so grateful today that I have been given this opportunity to be part of a community of caring. It's not something that I can earn; it is an undeserved gift that I have been given, and I need to take the focus off my own perpetual attempts to "deserve" what is, and always will be, a freely given gift of God's grace.

1. Realize I'm not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.

I've been trying to work this principle, the first of the eight principles of Celebrate Recovery, since I started to work on this ministry, but I think that it was only in the past week that it really hit me.

The beatitude which goes with the first principle is Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor. I spent a long time trying to be spiritually rich. I thought that only if I already had abundance would I be able to share anything with others. I looked at helping others through a paternalistic, old-style social-work perspective (and yes, I know that contemporary social work has already moved away from this): The strong reaching down from their positions of superiority to help the weak and inferior. Only now am I beginning to learn that the only way we can truly help each other is by sharing our weaknesses and our vulnerabilities.

I want to control my own life and the lives of others. I am barely beginning to let go of that. If my fears had been in charge of destiny last week, I would be mourning, and instead I am dancing with joy that I am not God after all.

I am learning to be willing to accept that my life is not under my own control, but under God's control, and I am starting to feel, rather than merely knowing intellectually, how much better it is for me and for the world when I am not in charge.

You'd all be in real trouble if I were God.
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