A few weeks ago, Michael Elmore reminded us of the prayer of Reinhold Niebuhr, “Lord, give me the courage to change what I can change.” As a prayer to help those who are bound by addiction, it is well-known as the Serenity Prayer. Not so well-known is the second stanza of that prayer, that seems to me to be very appropriate for this time of avoiding Virus:
“Living one day at a time,
Accepting one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I can be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.”
A scripture passage that we all know is the 13th chapter of Paul’s first letter to the church members in Corinth. They seemed to be confused about Spiritual Gifts. Reminds me of a church member I had once who asked every newcomer to the church, “Have you spoken in tongues?” (I hated that; that is not a test for how one is following the invitation of Christ. A kind and generous heart is a better attribute to demonstrate discipleship.)
Well, Paul’s last line is the one we remember best, “There remain faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.”
Walk in faith, steadily trusting in God to lead us in the path of righteousness.
Hope, unswervingly, that we are even now enjoying eternal life, and God will see us through all these circumstances and more.
And love extravagantly! The only thing you can give away and never run out of.
We all long to belong to someone and be loved. We have special friend…“Jesus loves me, this I know!” Never doubt that.
Offered by Rev. Dr. Frank Johnson