It was 80 years yesterday (12/11), an alcoholic named Bill Wilson was admitted to a New York hospital.
He had just celebrated his 39th birthday.
Alone in his room he cried out, “I’ll do anything, anything at all!” He described what happened next:
Suddenly, my room blazed with an indescribably white light …Then, seen in my minds eye, there was a mountain. I stood upon its summit, where a great wind blew. A wind, not of air, but of spirit. In great clean strength, it blew right through . Then came the blazing thought, “You are a free man.”
I became acutely conscious of a presence which seemed like a sea of living spirit. I lay on the shore of a new world.
Wilson said that after this experience, he never again doubted the existence of God. And he never took another drink.
Bill Wilson is the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. (C) Diocese of Saginaw Advent Book for 2014