Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Meeting
Thursday November 28, 2019 – Doors open at 9:00 a.m. – Meeting at 10:00 a.m.
Zion United Methodist Church
2600 Copland Blvd
Toledo, Ohio 43614
It is being constantly revealed, as mankind studies the material world, that its outward appearances are not inward reality at all. The prosaic steel girder is a mass of electrons whirling around each other at incredible speed, and these tiny bodies are governed by precise laws. Science tells us so. We have no reason to doubt it. When, however, the perfectly logical assumption is suggested that, infinitely beyond the material world as we see it, there is an all powerful, guiding, creative Intelligence, our perverse streak comes to the surface and we set out to convince ourselves that it isn’t so. Were our contention true, it would follow that life originated out of nothing, means nothing, and proceeds nowhere.
What We Know Best
“Shoemaker, stick to thy last!” . . . better do one thing supremely well than many badly. That is the central theme of this Tradition [Five]. Around it our Society gathers in unity. The very life of our Fellowship requires the preservation of this principle.
— Twelve And Twelve Page 150
The survival of A.A. depends upon unity. What would happen if a group decided to become an employment agency, a treatment center or a social service agency? Too much specialization leads to no specialization, to frittering of efforts and, finally, to decline. I have the qualifications to share my sufferings and my way of recovery with the newcomer. Conformity to A.A.’s primary purpose ensures the safety of the wonderful gift of sobriety, so my responsibility is enormous. The life of millions of alcoholics is closely tied to my competence in “carrying the message to the still-suffering alcoholic.”