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The flashlight

A friend in Program says:

There is a story of a man who was wandering through a gloomy part of the world with a flashlight in his hand. A wise woman came upon him, and asked him what he was doing.

"I'm looking for God," said the man.

"Why?" asked the wise woman.

"So that I can worship him," replied the man.

"And do you believe," asked the wise woman, "that the flashlight is powerful enough to find and identify God?"

"Oh yes!" said the man confidently.

"If that's the case," said the wise woman, "I suggest you stop looking for God and start worshipping the flashlight."

We can't determine how or where we'll find God as we understand God. As we have all heard in Program, God isn't lost -- we are. The prayer and meditation we use in Step 11 cannot be some means of detecting God. Instead of using them as a flashlight in order to find God, perhaps we should use them as a beacon, to tell God -- whoever, wherever, and whatever God may be -- that we're ready to be found.

"The spiritual life is never one of achievement:
it is always one of letting go."

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