I have found great strength and guidance in this prayer (attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr) over the last few weeks. Acceptance and trust, rather than genuine and well meaning fixing words, seem to be key at the moment.
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.
Living one day at a time – rather than trying to second guess and map out the next few months, or even years, so much so that I forget that I live now, in the here and now, in the present
Enjoying one moment at a time … savouring the delight of that moment of joy, really savouring and noticing the blessing I received from this event, story or person … rather than rushing on blindly and empty to the next thing
Accepting hardship … really accepting it rather than getting annoyed when God does not take it away or make it better … in the hardship, in the wilderness, in the silence is often where we encounter God and ourselves. And if that does not convince me … Jesus was on a cross …. sheesh!
Taking this world as he did …. loving it, caring for it, valuing it, weeping over it … not simply enduring it, or tolerating it until a shiny bright painless heaven comes along …. but really investing and loving what we have now
Trusting … letting God be God, letting God work in God time, rather than trying to force God’s hand with shouty prayers and great deeds which we control and direct …. but, if you like, giving up our agendas … and handing over control
reasonably happy here …. and supremely happy with God … who is here, now, in the present, current. we should expect no more and no less
Amen …. agreed! …. yes … so be it