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God Grant me the serenity…
Such richness in this sentence, five simple words.
First as we address God, we acknowledge our Higher Power. The only power who has power to restore us.
Second, we ask for a grant. To grant means to bestow or confer, especially by a formal act or to agree or accede to a request.
Third, we are asking for ourselves. We are not focusing on anyone or anything but our own need, our own circumstance, our own heart.
And fourth we are requesting serenity. God’s own peace to be granted to us. But does God just give us serenity? Is it gift wrapped and handed out Christmas morning? Can God’s peace be poured over a restless heart and instantly soothe or is there some part we must play? Does water poured into a cracked pot stay or run out?
I think the key to being able to hold God’s peace in our heart lies in the next sentence of our prayer: to accept.
The key to being able to receive God’s grant of serenity is to accept it. No gift can be bestowed on an unwilling heart.
To accept that His peace surpasses our circumstances, our emotions and our powerlessness. To accept that our Higher Power is in control of each and every situation.
And once we do that, we are able to accept the priceless gift of serenity.
Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come to thee. Job 22:21
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 NKJV
This post is an excerpt from Alana’s book, The Little Engine who Could Not… available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback.
Photo courtesy of Zan Phillips, please see Zan’s FB page for more examples of her amazing photography.