Join us as we enter into the Lenten Season as we learn about the Serenity Prayer.
“God, 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.” – Written by Reinhold Niebuhr, an American theologian in the 1930’s
- Feb. 22 – “God give us . . . Luke 15:17-29a The focus will be on God’s grace, forgiveness, and faithfulness.
- Mar. 1 — “grace to accept with serenity things that cannot be changed. . .”
Matthew 26:36-46 The Serenity Prayer confronts our illusion that we can change things or people so that we can have peace. The prayer tells us that only when we accept the fact that we cannot change life to go the way we want it, then we will have serenity.
- Mar 8 – – “courage to change things that should be changed . .”
Numbers 11:1-7 Courage can only follow serenity because serenity calms us down so that we can see things from a different perspective. Serenity helps to see what we could not see before so that we can have courage to change what can be changed.
- Mar 15 — “. . . and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”
James 1:5 Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
The Serenity Prayer tells us that wisdom is knowing when to accept things and knowing when to change things, when to hold on to things and when to let go.
- Mar 22 “Dealing with our Feelings” Psalm 23:4 Psalm 51:10
Our feelings often knock us flat on our face and are often the reason that we do not work the Serenity Prayer. It is easy to get stuck in negative feelings. It is our responsibility to acknowledge our feelings and deal with them.
- Mar 29 “Forgiving” Luke 23:32-34
Once we identify our negative feelings, we need to let them go so that we can live in serenity. The act of forgiving affirms that we are in the process of working he Serenity Prayer. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we forgive and let our negative feelings go.