Truth & Relevance in Recovery

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My own experiences with mystical truths are within the realm of experiences that result in an affirmation of beliefs.  For example, a mystical truth for me is found in Matthew (7:7-8) in my own recovery from alcohol addiction. “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

This is such a core truth for me that I have no interest, desire, or ability to explain or particularly articulate the truth.  I know the truth of this statement regardless of the probability that the historic Jesus uttered the words or not.

Me – from a talk I gave a long time ago.

This quote is from a series of classes titled “Evolution: Scripture, Tradition & Reason” I led in a Sunday School over ten years ago.  Recently, I passed on a section of that talk to the leader of a Sunday School I currently attend.  The section I passed on describes the different types of truths as discussed in Servanthood: Leadership for the Third Millenium by Bennett J. Simms.  The leader of the current Sunday School e-mailed the section out to the 20 or so members of the class.

I was walking out of church this past Sunday and a woman I knew from the class approached me.  She is a long time member of the church, and I am quite new.  She is clearly from a socio-economic status far above mine.  She wanted to talk to me.  She had received the email that discussed the different types of truths and initially thought that was all fine and good, until she got to the statement on mystical truths I quote above. The woman teared up and told me that “truth” was the answer to something that she was struggling with, and in reading my statement she found direction.  She just needed to let me know.  I thanked her.

Here is my point –  the details of the woman’s situation are unknown to me and irrelevant.  But the Step 2 Came to Believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity approximation of the scriptural quote from the Christian Gospel of Matthew is relevant.   The incident is relevant too that in these times of divisive and polarized rhetoric and behaviors, by speaking all of our truths in our experience, strength, and hope, healing and the next indicated step is found.

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