A few years ago I had gotten a little lax in going to meetings for my recovery from addiction. Then, after calling home, I learned that many of the friends I first got clean with, had gone back out. In talking to the wife of one of them, I found that many of the things that he had said to justify his relapse, were the things that I was thinking a lot of the time. That really scared me, and prompted me to pay much more attention to what was going on and to re-establish my connection with recovery. When talking to my sponsor about this the conversation went something like this.
"How is your connection with your higher power?"
"The truth is that I don't feel much of a connection at all."
"That what faith really is. It's not being grateful when everything is going fine and all is ok. Faith is still believing when you feel no connection at all."
The next day, when I got home from work and was putting the key in the door, I happened to look down. There was a stack of papers there from a subscription that I had stopped. They were all still in the plastic wrappers with the rubber bands on them. One of them had broken open and was laying there open. It was a Sunday paper and the headline said "FAITH FILLS THE VOID"
I left the paper there and every day when I put the key in the lock, I would look down and get reminded that faith really is the answer.
After weeks of laying on the porch I finally brought the paper into the house and clipped the headline. It was in a frame on the wall for months and became kind of a trademark saying of mine.
Then when I had the accident, in a card from my friends, I was reminded over and over,
FAITH FILLS THE VOID
The picture above is a scan of the clipping which I still have framed and hanging in my room!