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The Serenity Prayer

TheGospelGOD, 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 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

NOTE: This is the full Serenity Prayer attributed to Rev. Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971). It  was reportedly written by him in 1926. Niebuhr was a Lutheran pastor and theologian. Usually his “Serenity Prayer” is quoted using the first 2 verses only.

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In Due Season

Take up your cross

Sometimes it is tempting to become cynical and give up. It is important that during times of distress that the Christian always seek to do that which is right. We are told “not to grow weary in well doing.” Why? What’s the use? The promise is made: “For in due season we shall reap.” (Galatians 6:9).

The Psalmist described that season of reaping as a day of prepared tables and cups that overflow; of goodness and mercy and of “dwelling in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23). The New Testament reminds us that God is not so unjust that He would forget our work and love (Hebrews 6:10). We are challenged to live in hope, to keep on doing that which is good and to trust in God for the results. To live in hope will make this life better as we prepare for the next.

All of us have our weaknesses, but God’s strength upon which we can choose to depend never diminishes. The Scriptures ask, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator.. does not become weary or tired… He gives strength to the weary. And to him who lacks might He increases power… Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up like eagles…” (Excerpts from Isaiah 40:28-31).
By Jon W. Quinn