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Dry Dock of a Thousand Wrecks, The by Philip Ilott Roberts (1872 - 1938)

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  • Ch 11. - By a Great Deliverance

Ch 11. - By a Great Deliverance

Thursday 1st January 1970

In this episode of Dry Dock of a Thousand Wrecks, we hear the story of Edwin Mercer and his journey to sobriety through the help of a higher power. Listen now on alcoholfree.com.
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Dry Dock of a Thousand Wrecks, The by Philip Ilott Roberts (1872 - 1938)
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The Path to Redemption: Overcoming Alcoholism through a Higher Power

I little realized then that in sacrificing my principles for the fear of unjust criticism, I was right there, forming habits which, as time advanced, were to merge themselves into a power which would control and later wreck and ruin my life.
In this episode of Dry Dock of a Thousand Wrecks, we hear the story of Edwin Mercer and his journey to sobriety through the help of a higher power. The Ole Jerry McAuley Mission was founded to provide a place for chronic alcoholics and addicts who had spiritual experiences during incarceration to continue it outside of prison and not end up back at their old ways. However, after the highly esteemed Samuel H. Hadley took charge, the mission started to lose its original purpose and became more focused on evangelical teachings. This led to the corrosion of the mission's values and the loss of its effectiveness. It was in this environment that Edwin Mercer struggled with his addiction. As a total abstainer, he was mocked and ridiculed by his peers, causing him to sacrifice his principles for fear of unjust criticism. This led him down a path of destruction, ruining his relationships and livelihood.
It was only when he hit rock bottom that he turned to a higher power for help. Through the guidance of the Ole Jerry McAuley Mission, he found hope and began his journey to sobriety. He surrendered his life to the one who died for him, and although he was unable to utter even the simplest kind of prayer at first, he persisted and eventually found redemption. The importance of community and support cannot be overstated in his journey, as he found acceptance and guidance from those in the mission.
The story of Edwin Mercer serves as a reminder of the dangers of sacrificing principles for fear of criticism and the power of surrendering to a higher power. It also highlights the importance of community and support in overcoming addiction. By changing his environment and lifestyle and turning to a higher power, Edwin Mercer was able to turn his life around. Listen to the full episode now here on alcoholfree.com and discover the path to redemption through the power of a higher power.