The butterfly is often used as a symbol of transformation, metamorphosis, renewal, and rebirth for those of us who are friends and family of alcoholics.
A few weeks ago, this butterfly flew into my flower garden and landed on a perfect Echinacea. Upon closer examination, the wings had some voids where this swallowtail should have graceful, birdlike wings. In spite of its defects, the butterfly gently sipped nectar before awkwardly taking flight and continuing on its way. I realized that it is how I feel about my years in recovery.
The effects of living with alcoholism left me less than perfect. By the grace of God, in recovery I am elevated beyond the problems of the past to live in the present and look forward to the future.
You're beautifully broken
And You can be whole again
Even a million scars
Doesn't change Whose you are
Beautifully Broken - Plumb