When Brian walked onto the chapel stage to graduate, I handed him a coin. He’s one of the first to receive it. Groups like AA and NA have tags and coins to commemorate sobriety milestones, and we wanted to create a coin to honor our one-year SRP graduates.
We commissioned artist Nathan Yoder for the design, and we couldn’t be more proud of the result. On the front, a tiny oak sprouts out of the ground atop Federal Hill, backed by the Inner Harbor sunrise. Framing the scene are 12 stars, evoking 12 months or 12 steps, and the words of Jesus, “With God all things are possible.” On the back, the sprout has grown into a mighty oak, with a banner in its branches: “One year of spiritual recovery.”
This coin will be a touchstone for Brian and many graduates in the coming years. There’s a hymn about God’s faithfulness with the line, “Hither by Thy help I’ve come.” It’s our hope that these coins would spark a similar remembrance in the men – and soon women – who will carry them.
– Chaplain Vic