Our Home Group “Pay Forward” Gift # 3

I greet The Indwelling Presence.

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – Our Home Group.   We are drawn to our Home Group for a purpose.  Faithfulness to your Home Group, your Higher Power and A.A., affects all of A.A. and all of humanity.  I think of Kahlil Gibran’s writing when I ponder A.A.’s Tradition Four.  “Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.”   Tradition Three gives each individual a great freedom to be themselves and the responsibility for their choices and actions.  Tradition Four does the same each group.  “Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.  But let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.  Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.  Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.  Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.  Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.  Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.  For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.  And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow” Kahlil Gibran.  Thy Love, Thy Will be done.