Andywebshot_copyGreetings everyone
Spring might be coming to the North East soon; in any case we are ready for it.

This month we had a great Family program with our guest from Nashville, John McAndrew. The weekend was filled with musical-wisdom, and stories of strength hope and experience. Our parental feedback on it was so positive, we are glad everyone was pleased. The highlight for me was when all the residents got up and sang with John on the song, “Like A Child”. They were singing that song for days afterward.

I would like to share this writing with you. If you are not familiar with it, I think you’ll love it. There is a member of our home group that reads it at celebrations, his name is Richard, he is 85 years old and celebrated 57 years in AA.

“I’d rather see a sermon 
than hear one any day.”

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day; 
 I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way. 
 The eye is a better pupil, more willing than the ear; 
 Fine counsel is confusing, but example is always clear, 
 And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds, 
 For to see a good put in action is what everybody needs. I can soon learn how to do it if you will let me see it done; 
I can watch your hand in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
 And the lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,
 But I’d rather get my lesson by observing what you do. 
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
 But there is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live. When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
 When a weaker brother stumbles, and a strong man stands behind
 Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
 to become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.
 And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
 Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way. One good man teaches many; men believe what they behold;
 One deed of kindness noted is worth forty that are told.
 Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
 for right living speaks a language which to everyone is clear.
 Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
 I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day. Written by: Edgar A. Guest

Little Creek strives to pass on the elements of this reading to our residents as we go day by day into our new-found sober life. This way of living takes discipline, dedication and plenty of love.

Thats all for now,

Balance and Blessings

Andy Pace,
Project Director