“Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other”
You might not know exactly where these words come from, but chances are you’ve heard them in one form or another at some point. This is the Serenity Prayer and these words were written at a time when the world was in the midst of crisis during World War II.
When crisis happens many things can become obscured by the chaos, but have you noticed that when the world gets turned upside down both courage and peace always seem to be hard to hold onto?
In the face of this Global Covid-19 crisis, our ability to keep going and do what is needed is restricted, not just by our leaders but also by fear. Courage is the ability to keep going, to take the next step and to do what is needed even though you’re afraid. People are afraid of losing loved ones; afraid of lost livelihoods; afraid of the unknown. We need courage now to come together, to keep a sense of community. We need courage to find different ways to connect, ways of keeping our economies going and of protecting those most at risk from this virus.
Serenity and courage may not seem all that similar at first glance, but both require choosing to be something that doesn’t reflect the situation you are facing.
Serenity is about peace and calm. When things are crazy, it’s remaining unshaken and untroubled by your circumstances. There are things about this global crisis that we can’t change, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t find peace in the middle of the storm.
At a time when it’s hard to know whether to be courageous or at peace, the best thing we can do is ask God. Ask for wisdom, a bit of courage and serenity in the storm.
written by Donna Burke
Serenity in the Storm
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