IN OUR SEARCH for peace and serenity we must be careful not to distance ourselves from the human struggles that takes place on the streets around us, even if they unsettle the untroubled waters of our inner calm! When faced with evil, we can learn to reflect the attitude of God. God accepts us without any “ifs” or “buts,” discerns between the sinner and the sin, and desires that as much goodness as possible be injected into human life. As we follow God’s example in these ways, we take this sinful world as it is and not as we would have it. If we are willing to try these things, it might even be that the headlines of our newspapers may one day look different.
- Trevor Hudson
The Serenity Prayer
From pages 87-87 of The Serenity Prayer: A Simple Prayer to Enrich Your Life by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2012 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
As you hear news from the world around you, where there is conflict, pray for peace. Share your thoughts.
If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”
1 Kings 3:14, NRSV
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This week we remember Clare of Assisi (August 11).
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