Music! It makes Christian recovery rock. In California, this last year or so, it was Santos entertaining attentive Christian audiences with his doo wap singing. In Hawaii, it’s been Darrell Mansfield with his steaming harmonica and talented Christian combos.

I remember how well our early history conferences went in Marin County, California when they were accompanied by speaker dances, and my sponsees as DJ’s.

Today, you seldom enter a church without seeing a stage full of music stands, mikes, drum sets, and performance-ready musical setups.

Recovery for an eager Christian or Christian-to-be starts with God and coming to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. It certainly stands firm as a rock when grounded on the Bible.

And once a suffering soul has turned to these resources to overcome addiction, guilt, shame, despair, fear, anger, and ill-health, it’s time to rejoice, be thankful, be merry because of the deliverance.

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms” (James 5:13). “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance. . .” (Proverbs 15:13). And then there’s Bill Wilson’s old saw–“We are not a glum lot.”

I would amend that by saying that most of us are glum as we move forward into sobriety and healing. But we are lifted by the mirth and music and laughter of others, and long to be a part of the merry crowd. Hail to our singing friends who believe in the Lord and sing his praises. They sure make my almost 24 years of sobriety a joy and pleasure.

I can still hear the audience in Escondido, singing “Shout” as Santos urged them on. And I can see the audience stomping as Darrell Mansfield sang out “Stand by me” whilst we enjoyed the “blues cruise.”

Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and an active and recovered A.A. member. Author of 39 published titles and over 300 articles on A.A. history and recovery

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