To actually do so – to recognize and declare ourselves as helpless, may seem the weakest of declarations, but it is, in fact, profoundly brave. The above is an adaption of one of the most profound non-denominational prayers found today; the Serenity Prayer.
The essence of faith is found in the Serenity prayer– a prayer that has helped millions of people– those battling with addiction, or any kind of ego-centric thinking, which we all, by virtue of being human, struggle with. Written by 20th century theologian/ethicist/political commentator Reinhold Niebuhr, the most famous version reads :
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.
These are some profound and timeless thoughts by one of the great pacifists and activists of all times. Who, at the end of the day, encouraged us to pray for direction, as today’s prayer reminds us as well. Niebuhr also said;
Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
With the confluence of so many events- Halloween, All Saints Day, the Day of the Dead, full blue moons and seasons changing, it behooves us all to honor the wisdom of those who lived the same impossible times before us. And to, like them, “Give it Up.”
November 1; Pray for direction from God
Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Below find a link to this daily message and a Novena; Nine days of dedicated practice and today’s prayer for direction, led by Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church, in collaboration and faith: