The Word Among Us

Easter 2018 Issue

Thirsty for Grace

An alcoholic uncovers new meaning for his loneliness, in God’s hands.

By: Colin O'Brian

Thirsty for Grace: An alcoholic uncovers new meaning for his loneliness, in God’s hands. by Colin O'Brian

The great illusion of many alcoholics is that we are alone and that drinking will help us fit in with the world. This illusion had become a lifestyle for me by the time I moved to New York City at age twenty-five. But no amount of alcohol, casual sex, or expensive clothing could relieve my inner loneliness. In a city of eight million people, the loneliest place to be was in a crowd.

“For You, on the House.” The attacks of September 11, 2001, happened just after my twenty-seventh birthday. Watching...

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