East Tennessee
Intergroup of
Alcoholics Anonymous

June 2020 Unity Newsletter

Sixth Step Prayer
Dear God, I am ready for Your help in removing from me the defects of character which I now realize are an obstacle to my recovery. Help me to continue being honest with myself and guide me toward spiritual & mental health.

Step Six – Became Entirely Ready
What is the meaning of the word defect? What is the meaning of the
word shortcoming? Those are two words that we hear often when we
are discussing steps six and seven, and we sometimes get caught up in
the semantics of the words and it distracts us from really getting to the
heart of the matter.

I can understand why a person could get a little confused since they
both obviously imply that there is something wrong, but if they are intended to be synonymous why did they not include them both in step six
or step seven?

Early in my sobriety I heard one version that implied that they didn’t
want to be redundant when they wrote the big book and when I think
back on it, I see that as a weak explanation. When I read the twelve and
twelve, I see a much more active role expected of us than simply asking
God to rid us of these faults.

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