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Serenity May Be An Outcome Of Faith, Hope, Love And Wisdom, But Is Not A Pre-condition (via Peter Adam)

Peter Adam takes Reinhold Neibuhr’s famous prayer for serenity, and offers a personal adjustment that seeks from God that which can lead to serenity.
I don’t think it denigrates Neibuhr’s premise, but seeks to speak to the experience of those of us who often feel a lack of serenity, even as we see God answering our prayers.
He also offers a few more thoughts in his article at Gospel Coalition Australia.

Negotiating all this complexity requires wisdom, patience, and hope. It requires godly contentment and godly discontentment. I often think of Reinhold Niebuhr’s prayer,

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.

But when I use it I re-word it,

Loving heavenly Father, please grant me faith, hope love and wisdom:
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

For serenity may be an outcome of faith, hope, love and wisdom, but is not a pre-condition!

We need to learn to embrace God’s less-welcome gifts, such as discouragements, frustrations, suffering, sickness, and opposition.

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Bring It On The Musical

We’re out supporting the arts, at Bring It On – The Musical. (More ‘inspired by the movie’ that ‘based on the motion picture’)

It’s bright, breezy, energetic and entertaining. (With lots of female characters talking to each other about themselves and not male protagonists)

And you can take refreshments into the theater. Very civilized.


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View From The Passenger’s Seat

We’ll be swapping over soon for the descent into the city.


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It’s Gone 

The abandoned car over the road was gone when I got home today.
That’s about as exciting as it gets around here.