Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – Had to Be. “If humankind could have known God without the world, God would never have created the world” (Meister Eckhart). Bonaventure (1217-1274) wrote: “In the soul’s journey to God, we must present to ourselves the whole material world as the first mirror through which we may pass over to the Supreme.” We are here to learn the art of living beings the individual intended. The art of yielding to our Father’s plan of action and accepting His Love, His will is our radical training. It has been said that living life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning to play the instrument as we go along. Alcoholics Anonymous is not only a rehearsal but a great adventure, an uncovering, a discovering, a radical training ground that joins us with our loving Father. We must be patient with our failures, let us keep on keeping on. A no-risk way of life is the biggest danger, there is. We are students and teachers at the same time not expected to produce a perfect work of art. Alternation between tranquillity and struggle is our teacher. Alcoholics Anonymous addresses the human condition exactly where it is, empowered by grace. Come; let us focus our attention on our Father’s Loving intention. Today let us be grateful that our power to love is overcoming the love of power. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.