Don’t Make a U-Turn from Recovery

I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. (Galatians 1:6, NLT)

Above all, he believed he had acquired such a profound knowledge of the inner workings of his mind and its hidden springs that relapse was unthinkable. Nevertheless, he was drunk in a short time. More baffling still, he could give himself no satisfactory explanation for his fall. (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 26)

From the welcoming arms,

the sense of relief,

the portal to recovery,

shouldn’t the path lead only in?

How did I manage to turn,

how did I go back out?

So soon, and without

a thought,

without a reason,

abandoning the hope

I’d found…

I know others who never got back,

who let embarrassment win,

whose pride locked the door.

But some, including me,

made a U-turn

and reentered, determined to stay,

knowing how easy

leaving was,

how glorious staying


God, give me the sense

to stay put

in recovery.