"I'm in Recovery"
(2012 By Bob Perks)

11-15-2012 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #711

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

Story of the Week
"I'm in Recovery"
(2012 By Bob Perks)

They talk.

I listen.

I just need to "prime the pump" with a few words and most respond.

What's their favorite topic?


No, it's not an ego thing. The people I meet aren't on some ego trip. Most of them just never get the chance to speak about themselves.

I'm talking about average people who sometimes feel so insignificant that they can't imagine why anyone would want to know anything about them.

There's a famous Bette Midler line from a movie when she says, "Enough about me. Let's talk about you. What do you think about me?" That's ego.

When I worked in hospice I would always say to the caregiver, "Tell me about your loved one."

At that point in life they had a great deal to say about them. Dying brings out the little, forgotten things about their loved one that they buried deep inside, that they took for granted.

Suddenly, the way they smiled, sipped their tea, walked and laughed all became precious gems to treasure.

The man I met today grabbed my attention simply because he looked "ordinary."

There were no outward looks or outstanding characteristics that would normally beg me to reach out to him.

He was subtly beautiful, graceful and spoke with a worldly intelligence.

It all began when I asked him "How are you today?"

He looked at me and said, "I'm in recovery."

Now, what comes to mind when you hear that?

He had an operation, he is an addict, or he survived the recent storm.

He went on to explain that he was recovering from "yesterday."

He was practically begging me to ask more.

"What happened yesterday?" I asked.

He responded, "The day before."

There was a pause as he looked at me with a very serious and convincing face and then suddenly he began laughing.

"It works every time," he said.

"We are all in recovery from something," he said. "Recovery isn't always from something bad. You could be recovering from all the fun you had the day before."

He was right.

"We need to be more sensitive to each other. We need to care for each other because there is always something going on in life that takes time for us to consume, digest, and recover from so we can move onto the next exciting thing."

Before I sat down to write about this I Googled "In Recovery." Here are just a few examples I found:

"Christians in recovery"
"Mental health recovery"
"Heroes in recovery"
"America in recovery"
"Food addicts in recovery"
"Care givers in recovery"

"You will lose someone you can't live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn't seal back up. And you come through. It's like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly--that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp."
¯ Anne Lamott

Learn to "dance with the limp."
I love that line.

We are all in recovery!

Pastor's Quote of the Week
As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.

(From: Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948 )

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        You are my Recovery.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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