Wednesday we pray on the first four steps in the twelve step program. Today we pray on Step Five to Step Eight.
No matter how traumatic your past or how despairing your present may seem, there is hope for a new day. No longer do you need to rely on others as a power greater than yourself. May you instead find new strength within to be that which God intended – Precious and Free?
(Dr. D Stroop 1996 taking) from Forgive our parent, Forgiving ourselves)
Forgiveness and the Twelve Steps
Pray the next steps:
- God, I admit to you, to myself, and to another person the exact nature of my wrongs.
(It is hard for me to face the truth, but it is essential to my recovery and my healing)
- God, I am entirely ready to have you remove all these defects of my character.
(I can’t make another person change in any way. But the changes that can occur in me will make all the difference in the world)
- Humbly ask God to remove your shortcomings.
(God removed my shortcomings – the gap in my development that is the result of my dysfunctional family)
- God, I’ll make a list of all the people I harmed, and I am willing to make amends to them all.
(God I take responsibility for the wrong things I had done, working through the process of repentance, and take responsibility for the consequences of my action)
No matter how traumatic your past or how despairing your present may seem, there is hope for a new day.
Tomorrow we’ll pray Step nine to Step twelve.