Oct. 3, 2014 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


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The Serenity Prayer

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

The salvation of man is through love and in love.
 — Viktor Frankl

The panhandler on the busy street corner reels forsaken. The elderly woman whose phone doesn’t ring stares through a gap in her drawn drapes and wonders if she’s been forgotten. And awaiting the prayed for visit from a potential foster parent, the child is fearfully certain he won’t be acceptable.

The tragedy is that so few of us have experienced whole and unconditional love from the significant people in our lives. So few of us are certain of our value in the lives of others. For parents and teachers we performed to earn their favor. From friends we expected acceptance, yet sometimes we bought it. And because we haven’t known the pleasure of unconditional love but have been perpetually in search of it, we’ve not felt adequate to offer it to others. It’s difficult to give away what we fear we don’t have; yet, paradoxically, that’s the key to our salvation.

As we give others our love, we’ll likewise experience a greater measure of it. And it need not come from outside. It will, instead, well up from within. We each have the power of personal salvation. All we must do is love.

From the book:

Worthy of Love by Karen Casey

Worthy of Love by Karen Casey. © 1985 by Hazelden Foundation

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