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  • Karen
    Good Morning Everyone! Page 76 - Let s look at the first paragraph. Believe it or not, there is a prayer for the 6th Step too: Can He now take them all -
    Message 1 of 85 , Jul 1, 2004
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      Good Morning Everyone!

      Page 76 - Let's look at the first paragraph. Believe it or not, there is a prayer for the 6th Step too:

      "Can He now take them all - every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing."

      We pray for willingness in Step 6. Much like the process in Step 3, we are really making a decision to become willing to have God remove these defects/shortcomings. And, much like Step 3, there is a definite action associated with the decision. We employ right action to fulfill our decision. We do the opposite of our defects. We act our way into good thinking.

      Step 7 - "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen." Our 7th Step Prayer.

      We have noticed that "defects" appear instead of "shortcomings" in the prayer. Bill, who preferred not to repeat himself, used synonyms: defects of character = shortcomings = wrongs.

      There is more work to do to clear the channel between us and our
      Higher Power. "Faith without works is dead." How are we to do this work, also known as God's will, if we are still a prisoner to the past? How do we walk out from here and attempt to do His will if we aren't able to look everyone in the eye? Two tremendously vital steps that enable us to live happy, joyous and free are all about amends.

      Still on page 76, let's look at paragraph 3: "We have a list of persons we have harmed and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took inventory" [during the step 4 and 5 process].

      Here is where the term "amends" is defined: "Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past." Repair the damage does not mean to "apologize." We are attempting to right a serious wrong. Remember, also, this step has it's roots in the Oxford Group concept of "Restitution." Restitution is a synonym of amends. Through it, we accept responsibility for our part and we make it right. "I'm really sorry" isn't what we are looking for here.

      The prayer for Step 8 - "If we haven't the will to do this, we ask until it comes." I needed to ask God for the will to face all these people and without His help it was too much for me. I brought my list to my sponsor to review and determine my best course of action to achieve these amends. Today I am grateful for having done so, for I received many helpful suggestions. She emphasized that I was there to clear my side of the street, and that the wrongs of the other party were not the focus of the discussion.

      Tomorrow we'll discuss Step 9 in depth, beginning at the bottom of page 76.

      Have a great day, everyone!

      Love,

      Karen







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    • Jim K
      Good Morning Everyone! Page 76 - Let s look at the first paragraph - believe it or not there is a prayer for the 6th Step too: Can He now take them all -
      Message 85 of 85 , Jan 27
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        Good Morning Everyone!

        Page 76 - Let's look at the first paragraph - believe it or not there is a prayer for the 6th Step too:
        "Can He now take them all - every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing."


        We pray for willingness in Step 6. Much like the process in Step 3, we are really making a decision to become willing to have God remove these defects/shortcomings. And, much like Step 3, there is a definite action associated with the decision. We employ right action to fulfill our decision, we do the opposite of our defects, we act our way into good thinking.

        Step 7 -
        "My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen."
        Our 7th Step Prayer. We have noticed that "defects" appear instead of "shortcomings" in the prayer. Bill, who preferred not to repeated himself, used a synonym: defects of character = shortcomings = wrongs.

        There is more work to do to clear the channel between our Higher Power and us.
        "Faith without works is dead." How are we to do this work, also known as God's will, if we are still a prisoner to the past? How do we walk out from here and attempt to do His will if we aren't able to look everyone in the eye? Two tremendously vital steps that enable us to live happy, joyous and free are all about amends.


        Still on page 76, let's look at paragraph 3: "We have a list of persons we have harmed and to whom we are willing to make amends. We made it when we took inventory" [during the step 4 and 5 process]. Here is where the term "amends" is defined: "Now we go out to our fellows and repair the damage done in the past." Not apologize - we are attempting to right a serious wrong. Remember, also, this step has it's roots in the Oxford Group concept of "Restitution". Restitution is a synonym of amends. Through it we accept responsibility for our part and we make it right. "I'm really sorry" isn't what we are looking for here.

        The prayer for Step 8 -
        "If we haven't the will to do this, we ask until it comes."
        I needed to ask God for the will to face all these people and without His help it was too much for me. I brought my list to my sponsor to review and determine my best course of action to achieve these amends. Today I am grateful for having done so for I received many helpful suggestions. He emphasized that I was there to clear my side of the street, that the wrongs of the other party were not the focus of the discussion.

        In our next study, we'll discuss Step 9 in depth. We'll begin at the bottom of page 76.
        Have a great day!

        Jim

         


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