“Just as the right hand comes to dress the wound on the left hand, we should see another person’s sorrows as our own and come to his or her aid.” Mātā Amritanandamayī Devī
The recent horrific earthquake in New Zealand, the Queensland Floods, political unrest across North Africa, and other areas of global concern and strife have left many reeling in despair and fear; so much pain, so much loss… As the shifting winds of change and instability rock our global community, we can offer a prayer, a kind word, assistance, comfort and more to those in need around the world.
In times of strife, many turn to prayer and the Serenity Prayer is one to cherish and share with all. The Serenity Prayer offers comfort and eleven qualities or keywords (see below) that we can live by; reminding us that no matter our differences, our faith, our place of origin, goodwill and prayer extend beyond the words into our everyday lives. Does this prayer resonate with You?
God, grant us the…
Serenity to accept things we cannot change,
Courage to change the things we can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference
Patience for the things that take time
Appreciation for all that we have, and
Tolerance for those with different struggles
Freedom to live beyond the limitations of our past ways, the
Ability to feel your Love for us and our love for each other and the
Strength to get up and try again even when we feel it is hopeless.
Lately, when I read or watch the news, it seems like Mother Nature’s fury or man’s rage against humanity lays much to waste around the world. These are precarious times; the current upheavals call for sensitivity, compassionate care, our goodwill offers and much wisdom. As some countries rebuild their infrastructure and others courageously walk towards a democratic process, let’s offer seeds of light, love, a comforting shoulder, and a prayer.