Perhaps you’re familiar with the Serenity Prayer, it seems to be all over the internet, on bookmarks, wall plaques etc. But there is a reason for this. It is non-specific and applies to many faiths. More than that, it hits us where we live. It’s real.
Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
While I was on a break, I read a book entitled, The Way of Serenity, by Father Jonathan Morris. This book takes the Serenity Prayer, and shows us how we can survive the difficulties of our lives, by applying this prayer in practical ways.
Here’s a section from the book on gratitude:
“Gratitude occasionally comes naturally, especially when everything is going great in our lives. It’s relatively easy to be spontaneously thankful when the sun is shining on every corner of our existence. It’s another thing, however, to be thankful when things aren’t so wonderful. At any given moment of our lives, you and I have a choice. We have things in our lives that are good and pleasant, and other things that are rough and difficult. We can choose to focus on the rotten things or on the good and beautiful things. Depending on which we choose, we will tend to become either embittered and angry or grateful and happy.”
I love this book. I wish you peace.
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Book quote from The Way of Serenity,
by Father Jonathan Morris, HarperOne Publishing
Peace and blessings to everyone.
“When we love people, we give them hope.”