In 1989, right after the fall of the Iron Curtin, a group of people from Russa came to the United States to speak about their experiences. These people were recovering alcoholics who had been involved with an underground movement of recovery in Russia. Recovery groups were forbidden in Russia and they had to work extremely hard at making sure they had a safe place to go and experience healing. One of the men who spoke about his experience referred to walking into a recovery meeting as walking onto Holy Ground.
Imagine, having to work that hard to have a safe place to go for recovery. We take for granted the rooms of miracles. We don’t stop to consider that what we have is special and exceedingly rare. Only a small percentage of people experience what we see as common. And for some people in recovery, going to a meeting can mean incarceration, torture, or worse.
Every time we walk into a recovery meeting, we should recognize the ground we are walking on as Holy. The people who enter the doors are not there by accident. Each person was moved by God to be there, on Holy Ground, to experience healing, love, and grace. What we do in our recovery meetings is not mundane. What we do is nothing short of changing the world and growing the Kingdom of Heaven.
Written by James Miller