We sometimes think that change can be detrimental to our lives when in fact it can be very good for us. I’m thinking mostly of changes we make in ourselves and our thinking. It is interesting how scripture speaks of change. Happy Sunday
Be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Romans 12:2
If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly…Jeremiah 7:5
Unless you change…Matthew 18:3
We will all be changed…1 Corinthians 15:51
To be made new in the attitudes of your minds…Ephesians 4:23
And then there’s the Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
For those not familiar with haiku, it is a form of Japanese poetry, the criteria being to present an image, evoke a mood and make an observation. There are three lines with five syllables in the first and last line and seven syllables in the middle line. Example:
Peeling an orange (5) image
the bitter juice squirts my eye (7) mood, feel the sting
one blink and it’s gone. (5) observe disappearance
And now I’d like to share with you a couple of haikus I have written over the years which will appear in my upcoming poetry book.
He had a tantrum
it spoiled my serenity
and made me angry.
Dinner was superb
red snapper on the menu
tasty on the tongue.
Crouched low in the grass
sly cat watched bird eat its meal
one pounce, bird was meal.
His gait was rapid
head bent low against the storm
heading for shelter.
That’s all for now, folks. Thank you for any comments.
Going out into God’s nature is one of the best balms for spiritual negativity and lack of energy. I hope this day will find you in a beautiful place. Happy Sunday.
For those caught up in the last days of Christmas shopping and preparations…and those whose Christmas will be tinged with sadness…and those facing difficult decisions…
Cardinal Cottage photo
One of the most powerful prayers I know is the Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971). It just makes so much sense, when deliberately thought about…what more is there to strive for than serenity, courage and wisdom. Enjoy a Sunday of serenity.
This well known prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) is one of my favourites. It has been on my mind all day and I’m thinking someone may need it now.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.
Tomorrow I will post one of R.W. Trine’s prayers.