A word from our Pastor
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV Serenity is defined as the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. Have you been experiencing this state of being lately? Chances are your answer is “no” or, at the very least, “not so often.” The last few months have been difficult for most people. I will share that there have more times than I want to admit when I have in no way felt serene. I have experienced times of feeling worried, anxious, stress and downright scared. I like to know what is going on and what is going to happen so I can make plans to handle the opportunities and challenges of the present and the future. However, there have many situations over the last few months that have caused me to remember again and again that I, indeed, need to walk by faith and not by sight. I have a choice –I can walk by fear and far too often I have yielded to that temptation. Many times, I have found myself, almost instinctively, praying the Serenity Prayer. Most of us associate this prayer with Celebrate Recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous and, rightfully so, for this prayer has connected countless people in recovery to the strength, hope and peace of our loving and sustaining God. However, this prayer was not written exclusively for the recovery community any more than the Love Chapter (I Corinthians 13) was not written specifically to be read at wedding ceremonies. American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote the prayer during the Great Depression –a time of great uncertainty in our country and around the world. the Federal Council of Churches included the prayer in a book for army chaplains and servicemen in 1944 and the USO circulated the prayer (with Niebuhr’s permission) to soldiers on printed cards during World War II. This petition to God for serenity, courage and wisdom can certainly be instructive and empowering to each of us for the living of these days. Even when we are apart, may we join in 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. 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. ”
In Christ’s Love,