Journeys


Serenity is defined as the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. Is it possible to find a sense of serenity in today's world?

About 2 months ago, our son entered a treatment facility for alcohol and substance addiction. On a cold but sunny late Tuesday morning, amidst a kitchen table full of freshly laundered and neatly folded t-shirts and socks, life suddenly changed for our family. He said he was afraid of what might happen to him if he didn't get help. He cried, I cried and the Holy Spirit hung ever present with us for that day and still now as his journey, and ours, continues. People say what a blessing that he could recognize the need for help at the young age of 22. Yes, a blessing indeed! His treatment continues, and we do certainly feel blessed in many ways.

I am becoming more familiar with the world of AA, and Al Anon and their cornerstone use of the Serenity Prayer. The first 4 lines are the most familiar, but I share the long version, as I feel it's importance. I invite you to read it through slowly, then read it again. 

Serenity almost seems unattainable to me…But the courage and wisdom parts, well, maybe more relatable. What do you think?

You certainly don't have to be involved in AA or Al Anon to pray this prayer, and seek this grace. May we all find merciful comfort in the midst of life's messiness, and feel God's presence as we go about our journeys.

~Andrea Heshmati 

    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. Amen

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