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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

January 31, 2016

Drinking cuts you off from God.  No matter how you were brought up, no matter what your religion is, no matter if you say you believe in God, nevertheless you build up a wall between you and God by your drinking.

You know you’re not living the way God wants you to.  As a result, you have that terrible remorse.  When you come into A.A., you begin to get right with other people and with God.

A sober life is a happy life, because by giving up drinking, we’ve gotten rid of our loneliness and remorse.  Do I have real fellowship with other people and with God?

Meditation for the Day

I believe that all sacrifice and all suffering are of value to me.  When I am in pain, I am being tested.  Can I trust God, no matter how low I feel?  Can I say, “Thy will be done,” no matter how much I am defeated?

If I can, my faith is real and practical.  It works in bad times as well as in good times.  The Divine Will is working in a way that is beyond my finite mind to understand, but I can still trust in it.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may take my suffering in my stride.  I pray that I may accept pain and defeat as part of God’s plan for my spiritual growth.