On Saturday evening we had our second HUM-ANON meeting with family and friends of men participating in our 12-month residential Spiritual Recovery Program. Like last week’s initial meeting, it was a small group with some new folks in attendance.
Following the basic concepts of Al-anon and Nar-anon, our group is also anonymous. In fact, I don’t actually know the Program member connected to each one attending. At HUM-ANON, we don’t talk about the guy in the Program, but we look at our own situations and what we need to do in our lives.
This is such a great privilege for me, because in class we regularly ask God to work in the lives of our loved ones, as He is working in ours. HUM-ANON is about what God can do for us, not anyone else.
One of the new ladies this week shared how much she appreciated this focus in our meeting. She had attended one of those other anonymous meetings and found a bunch of women sitting around complaining about what their addicted husbands, sons and boyfriends did or did not do. This lady said she never went back to another meeting.
HUM-ANON has arrived at Helping Up Mission. Over the years, many have indicated its value and need. I am so glad we have started.
One person at a time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Spiritual Life Director