little bit of lagniappe

reflecting on everyday grace

The need for Serenity

Oh, friends, it’s been a difficult week, both in our smaller community and in our country and world at large.  A hurricane climbed the coast line and ravaged the northeast while horrific headlines appeared in the media, revealing just how lost and broken our world is.

However, it seems that at these times, more than any, we come together as a community and as members of the human race and simply hold on tight.  We pick up each other, we wait, we listen, we huddle together, and we pray.  These moments remind us of how little control we have in the grand scheme of things, and while that can be frightening, I pray that we draw comfort from it and recognize our dependence on our Creator.

I’m not sure when I learned this prayer, but it’s attributed to theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, and it seems to offer the most appropriate words to lift up in the silence of longing and hurting hearts:

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

I’ve always known this part, but I had no idea there was more to the prayer.  It, too, seems most appropriate:

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.

Peace to you all this day; may we rest in the light of grace, which always conquers the darkness of death.

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One thought on “The need for Serenity

  1. As I read this post I thought: a balm in Gilead.

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