THE SERENITY PRAYER reminds us that true wisdom is a gift that comes from God. Such wisdom is something we need to pray for. Certainly the scriptures tell us to do this. [See James 1:5.] “Dear God,” we can simply pray, “I need your wisdom. Please speak to me, through my friends, through the Bible and whatever else I may read, through my experiences today, and through the circumstances I encounter.” …
The guidance we need usually comes gradually. My experience is that we receive just enough to know what to do next. Like a flashlight that illuminates the next few steps along a dark pathway, God gives us just enough light to keep us walking. As we step into the light that we have been given, another bit of illumination comes along, guiding us further. And so we proceed step by step, sometimes accepting what cannot be changed; at other times seeking to change what we can, all the time trusting that God lovingly walks with us.
- Trevor Hudson
The Serenity Prayer
From pages 48-49 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.
Give thanks for the wisdom God has given you through what you have experienced. Share your thoughts.
As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
Mark 13:1-2 NRSV
This Week: pray for those who are lonely. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.
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This week we remember Gertrude the Great of Helfta (November 16).
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