Each week at our Thursday evening service we close with the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Neibuhr. Most everyone has heard or even memorized the first part of the 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.” This well-known prayer encourages us to accept our limitations and ask for God’s peace and wisdom in understanding those limitations. For all of the years I have repeated those words I had no idea there was more to that wonderful prayer.
The trees soar high above,
I sit in the abundant colors of their canopy
as their leaves sashay through the air
and alight on the ground below.
The earth erupts with colors of red, gold and brown.
The ambiance of this hidden space is still and secret.
The songbirds chirp and flit about through the treetops.
The light of the sun bursts through the branches spreading warmth
unto the leftover morning dew.
The gentle ripple of water filters its way through the bed of leaves, rocks and grass.
The living water soothes the restlessness of my spirit.
I sit in the midst of God’s glory.
The birds sing without worry,
The trees and plants bloom without questioning how.
The sun illuminates their color and hugs the earth in a loving embrace.
In this gentle place, God speaks,
“Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or about your body, what you will wear.”
I absorb the words and yet the worry overtakes me..
But God, I say, there are bills, taxes,.. What if there isn’t enough abundance?
God speaks into my worrisome spirit, “Worry is not from me. Just as the birds sing, flowers bloom and sun shines, you have been equipped with power, strength and the courage of my promise. Your needs are known. TRUST ME! "Do not be afraid, it is my desire to give you everything.”
Breathing in God’s beauty and resting in the promise,
letting go of worry…
Luke 12: 22, 32
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