DO YOU NEED A MIRACLE?

God is still in the miracle business.

  

MY STORY

Patrick Hennessy

Patrick Hennessy is an award winning talk radio producer with a past. He was miraculously healed from alcohol and drugs in 1988 and has been clean and sober since. He currently hosts a blog called "Do You Need A Miracle?" that's found on the world wide web.

Do You Need A Miracle?

Do you need a miracle?  Is there something in your life so messed up that only an act of God could fix it?  I’m here to tell you that God is still in the miracle business.  I'll tell you how I got a miracle and how you can get one too!  The year was 1988 and I was reaching the end of a long and painful drinking career.  I was an alcoholic of the worst kind, a daily drinker, passing out nearly every night.   I threw up every morning and followed that with a couple of stiff drinks just to be able to function.   I'd been fired from three bartending jobs in San Francisco for drinking on the job.  I was fast becoming unemployed and unemployable.  I tried to stay sober dozens of times but only managed to stay sober a week at the most.   It was in this condition that I found myself one Sunday night in August of 1988.   I was trying to walk off the worst hangover of my life when I came upon a little red brick church with its door open and all the lights on but nobody inside.  I was drawn to the church!  The lights seemed so inviting. So I went inside and sat or rather collapsed into a the third pew on the left.  When I did my hand fell on a pamphlet someone had left there. I started to read it.  It said we in this church have discovered that there are as many alcoholics in the church at there are in the world.  That being the case, we have printed here the 12 steps used by numerous recovery groups but have substituted the name of Jesus Christ for the name of God.   I slowly began to read the following 12 steps!

  1. We admitted to Jesus Christ that we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives have become unmanageable.

  2.  Came to believe that Jesus Christ could restore us to sanity. 

  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Jesus Christ. 

  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 

  5. Admitted to Jesus Christ to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. 

  6. We were entirely ready to have Jesus Christ remove all these shortcomings.   

  7. Humbly asked Jesus Christ to remove our shortcomings

  8. Made a list of persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. 

  9. Made direct amends to such people whenever possible except to do so would injure them or others. 

  10.  Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it to Jesus Christ in prayer. 

  11.  Sought through meditation and prayer to improve our conscious contact with Jesus Christ praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out. 

  12.  Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.   

I don't know how long I sat there reading and rereading what was written.  I don't remember much about how I got home that night but one thing I'm certain of is that the next day I didn't take a drink and I haven't taken a drink in over 30 years and that my friend is a miracle!  I didn't do it alone.  I spent my time in Alcoholics Anonymous and in church.  To me they're both the same spiritual programs.  Do you need a miracle?  God is still in the miracle business!  All you need to do is ask him with a sincere heart and believe in your heart that the Lord has heard you.  It says in the New Testament they have not because they ask not.  Your problem might not be alcohol but that doesn’t matter.  The Lord will answer all sincere prayer!  It's up to you to listen to the Lord during and after your prayer.  Listen for that still small voice and follow the Lord's direction.  Don't try and take these twelve steps all at once.  All you need is enough faith to take the first step!  Have you had a miracle in your life?  Would you mind sharing it with me?  I'm writing a book called, “Do You Need a Miracle?” If you share your miracle with me, your story could end up being published in my book.  Just email me at PHennessy1950@gmail.com.  Please write if you have any questions or if you'd like me to pray for you or your individual situation and remember, your miracle could be just a prayer away!

 

 Patrick Hennessy

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