Monday, November 28, 2005

Psalm 119:122-125

122 Ensure your servant's well-being;
let not the arrogant oppress me.

123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,
looking for your righteous promise.

124 Deal with your servant according to your love
and teach me your decrees.

125 I am your servant; give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes.

Monday, November 21, 2005

The Serenity Prayer

I have been struggling with my weight a lot lately. I have a dear friend who is struggling with his sobriety. A friend of mine recently had an unusual conversation with someone. They confessed to being anorexic and told her she couldn't possibly understand what that's like. My friend admitted that to a degree, that's true. but, that having a father who's a recovering alcoholic and being a member of Weight Watchers' she did know what it was like to daily battle an obsession. This prayer came to mind...
The Serenity Prayer

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.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

--Reinhold Niebuhr


Here are a couple of things to think about at Thanksgiving:

"I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."
-- Martin Luther

"Lift up your heart to Him, sometimes even at your meals, and when you are in company; the least little remembrance will always be acceptable to Him. You need not cry very loud; he is nearer to us than we are aware of."
-- Brother Lawrence