Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


“When Love is Not Enough”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Kudos to CBS for airing Sunday night the Hallmark Hall of Fame special, “When Love is Not Enough,” the story of Lois Wilson, cofounder of Al-Anon Family Groups and the wife of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson. The film, based on the book “The Lois Wilson Story” starred Winona Ryder.  

True to the melodramatic formula of Hallmark made for TV films, “When Love is Not Enough” never the less confronts honestly the bitter and often brutal struggle borne by family and loved ones of those struggling with addictions.

The film also presents openly the unmistakable spiritual/faith roots of AA and Al-Anon. Bill Wilson’s own recovery, and the principles he outlines in his “12 Steps” acknowledges a complete dependence of God, prayer, and miraculous intervention for deliverance.

At the end of the story, a flash forward to 1951, 20 years after the founding of AA, Lois Wilson and a group of women stand around her kitchen table, hold hands and pray aloud “The Serenity Prayer” penned by Reinhold Niebuhr and incorporated into the AA recovery process.

Here’s that prayer in full. For all those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, and for their loved ones and families we join together in this prayer, today…

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

Reinhold Niebuhr

 

 

 



  • Jewell

    Bravo, for the movie When Love is Not Enough.What wa swonderful contribution Lois and Bill Wilson have made to society. The 12 steps of AA written by Bill have saved countless lives throughout the years. The 12 steps of AA works for other addictions as well as alcohol.as a recovering food addict,I rely on The Big Book and other books of AA as well as Overeaters Anonymous books to work my program…..
    No one can tell the story as well as those who have lived it…..

Previous Posts

Learning How to Live in the Moment
"Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving."   ~Colossians 4:2 "Mom and Dad," said our son one day last year when we were visiting him in Santa Barbara where he was attending college, "I think you guys are great, but it seems like you're always talking about the futu

posted 8:43:16am Aug. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Search Me. Giving Your Heart a Fresh Start Daily
Search me, Oh God and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there be any offensive way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. ~King David, Psalm 139 Something was smelly in our fridge the past week, and try as I may, I couldn't find it. Hiding on a shelf in the door

posted 8:19:25am Aug. 20, 2014 | read full post »

A Prayer For Anyone Getting Engaged
Thirty-two years ago today Mark took me to a small lake near my home in Minnesota where he bent on one knee and pulled out a ring and put it on my finger. We were so young and so happy. For many years we experienced much joy in our relationship. Then we hit some bumps and jolting potholes in the

posted 11:59:54am Aug. 12, 2014 | read full post »

The Path of Peace - Taking Steps Toward Intimacy with God
Psalm 95 Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the might

posted 12:06:16pm Aug. 11, 2014 | read full post »

A Prayer to Maintain the Mind of Christ
"The Lord knows people's thoughts; he knows they are worthless." Psalm 94:11 A Penny for Your Thoughts... Most of our thoughts aren't worth a nickel. The Lord knows our thoughts, and unfortunately most of the time we must bore Him silly. Our thoughts are often uninspiring; they are often untrue,

posted 10:46:16am Aug. 08, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.