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Christianity

Step 2: Came to experience Jesus Christ as personal and available.

Principle: Hope

Step two is focused on developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a relationship which transcends rational understanding and belief. It is an experiential realization that Christ cares for and about us and is ready and available at any time to be in relationship with us. This relationship encompasses love, forgiveness, comfort, guidance and direction.

Step Two in AA is based on coming to understand that sobriety is dependent on one's ability to trust and rely on a Power greater than oneself. Many people in the throes and desperation of their addiction/alcoholism cry out to God for help as a last resort - and discover that their prayer was answered.

Text or Verse

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing;
God never changes;
Patient endurance
Obtains all things;
Who God possess
In nothing is wanting;
God alone suffices.
Teresa of Avila (Lines written in her breviary)

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Practice

Spend some time reviewing your life's experiences. Can you identify any times when you have been unexpectedly loved without reciprocation, been forgiven without solicitation, been comforted without seeking solace, and been guided by an inner direction to be your highest and best Self with amazing outcomes?

Allow these experiences to begin to inform the substance and quality of your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Resources

Rohr, Richard OFM. How Do We Breathe Underwater? The Gospel and 12-Step Spirituality. Center for Action and Contemplation. (go to the Links menu to connect to the web-site)

Dick B. The Good Book and the Big Book. A.A.'s Roots in the Bible. Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 1997

Selby, Saul. Twelve Step Christianity. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 2000

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