October 14

October  14

By Terry Abel


As shelter-in-place continues, and a Covid-19 vaccine seems to be in the distant future, I know a lot of people are not always as cheerful as usual.  I had one friend tell me, “I don’t even know what to pray for anymore.”  Another friend told me, noting she had to clean more than usual, sometimes without the wet mop refills that she was accustomed to, that the times reminded her of when her grandmothers were alive.  That comment made me remember a plaque that one of my grandmothers gave me.  It had the first part of The Serenity Prayer



After the comments by my two aforementioned friends, I have been more interested in that prayer, discovering that the full version is rather interesting, and kind of helps one’s attitude during these uncertain times.                                

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.  Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.  Taking as Christ did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.  Trusting that Christ will make all things right if I surrender to God’s will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Christ forever in the next.     Amen        ~Reinhold Neibuhr                                                                                                                  

Maybe you today, being confined in certain ways like Paul was as described in the letter to the  Philippians, do not feel especially joyful as he was in this letter, telling us we should  “rejoice in the Lord always,” (Phil. 4:4) but perhaps the above prayer can help you not only cope with the limitations we are currently experiencing with shelter-in-place, and with maybe a particular situation you may be struggling with, and give you peace in relation to it, and even help you have a closer walk with the Lord.  As one of my neighbors recently said, “Sometimes we simply need to let go, and just have faith.”

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