“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 extends 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.
Here below is
The Full Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr
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 things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
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.
“Real prayer is wiping the tears of the distressed. If there is no shoulder for the sorrowful to lay their heads upon, it would be the greatest darkness.” Mātā Amritanandamayī Devī
Did you know this? While many have claimed authorship of this simple yet powerful prayer, it is attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr. Reinhold said in an interview that he did not publish the Serenity Prayer until 1951; however, he acknowledged that the prayer was delivered as part of an inspired sermon and had been disseminated in prayer circles as early as 1934. It is possible that others wrote down the prayer at the sermon and spread the word. Regardless of the genesis or journey of this special prayer, it remains a favorite of many 12 step programs, prayer groups, communities, and individuals who find solace in the words.
The Serenity Prayer is a beautiful supplication with eleven (11) qualities/keywords (God, Serenity, Courage, Wisdom, Patience, Appreciation, Tolerance, Freedom, Ability, Love and Strength) that we can claim and live by. My prayer is that we embrace the grace in the words, share its blessings with others, especially those in pain, and use them to guide us through our daily activities … There is much wisdom in the simplicity of this prayer and may all who read/need it, be comforted… Be of good cheer! This post was adapted from one of my previous posts. Do you have a prayer that you hold dear? Do Share.
Positive Motivation Tip: In times of strife, offer a prayer, your time, and a shoulder to lean on… 🙂
- A note for friends of Bill W. (timesunion.com)
- Power of Prayer? (compelled2write.wordpress.com)
- the wisdom to know the difference (moritherapy.org)