A good word for brokenhearted parents on Thanksgiving is SERENITY.
What do we need when we’re sad and discouraged?
We need God’s peace and calm to fill in the cracks of our soul.
This is the full version of The Serenity Prayer. You may have heard it many times. Many of people only know the first portion, the most popular part. If you’ve never heard the entire prayer before, you’re in for a treat. The concepts are powerful.
During one of the difficult years with my daughter, I printed out several copies of the whole prayer and taped it up in various places around the house: on my bathroom mirror, on a kitchen cabinet, and on the wall beside my desk. I needed the constant reminder throughout the day. If you do an online search for printable versions of The Serenity Prayer, you’ll find a variety to choose from.
Serenity: A deep, abiding state of peace and calm; untroubled; tranquility, quiet; the absence of chaos and turmoil. Of course the kind of serenity we want is one that’s unaffected by external situations. Only God can give inner peace, a fruit of the Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…(Galatians 5:22).
That’s what we need—on Thanksgiving Day and every day.
The Spirit of God living and dwelling in us, producing his character and beauty.
The Serenity Prayer, Full Version
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.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is
Not as I would have it;
Trusting that he will make all things right
If I surrender to his will;
That I will be reasonably happy in this life;
And supremely happy with him
Forever in the next.
Music that Gives Me Peace
Music gives me peace too. These are some of the songs that fill my heart with calmness and serenity. Most of them have no words. Those are more relaxing to me when I’m stressed. Hymns are great too. I hope at least one of these will be peace-giving for you.
Redeemer by Paul Carsdall, pianist
Be Thou My Vision sung by Nathan Pacheco
A Prayer for Today
God of peace, help me make this my prayer today and every day. I want more serenity and calmness in my life. I need you to create this state of mind and soul in me . . . and in my child. May I live to see the day they make The Serenity Prayer their heart’s desire too. Today I may not feel thankful, but I will choose to give thanks anyway because I know you love me and are with me. Now that’s something to be give thanks for.
***Which part of the Serenity Prayer stands out to you?***
Happy Thanksgivng and may God bless you with his abiding peace.