Last Saturday evening I was at a recovery meeting to see my friend Bootsie celebrate his 31 years of clean time.
There was also another gentlemen named Mike and he was celebrating 11 years. They both shared a bit of their personal story. Bootsie has just started sponsoring this man. Helping him help himself.
What I heard and saw that night is exactly why I go to meetings.
Mike shared that he once had 11 years clean but went back out and used again. He shared that there was great loss during that time. He experienced the death of one of his sons and the death of a significant other.
During Mikes share he explained how his life today is so blessed. He also said with tears in his eyes that he doesn’t deserve it.
When you are celebrating a yearly milestone people will speak on your behalf at the end of the meeting.
This mans other son (presently also in recovery) and his 6 year old grandson were there to share in the celebration of this life.
With unbelievable power, grace and gratitude Mikes son shared the truth of the pain of their family and now also the joy.
I saw a family of fighters. I saw generations that are receiving this amazing gift.
Mikes son, with tears in his eyes thanked Bootsie for helping his dad to find his smile again.
He also looked his dad straight in his eyes and said with love “you so deserve this.”
God’s grace was everywhere in that room.