Pause for Prayer: SUNDAY 4/29

Serenity by Hyunah Kim

(Last night I had dinner with an old friend
and in our conversation
he reminded me of how important is this powerful prayer...)

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
to change the things I can
and the wisdom to know the difference...

I pray first for serenity, Lord,
that certain peace within my soul,
your gift of grace,
and the counsel of your Spirit:
a gift that comes from you alone,
a gift I cannot give myself...

In that serenity, I pray I might
accept the things I cannot change
and over which I'm powerless:
things beyond my reach and ken
which only you
(and others, if they choose)
might change and turn around...

I pray for strength and courage
to change the things I can
and I know what's most in need of change  
is me:
my mind and heart,
my words and deeds,
the choices and decisions that I make,
the direction and the paths I choose to take...

But still I need your wisdom, Lord,
to help discern between 
the things that only you can do
and things that I with you
am charged and graced to do
that I might rest serenely
in the peace that comes
from doing what you will...



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