My father was a democrat and my mother was a republican. I have lived in both the North and the South. I have friends who are liberal and friends who are conservative. I am neither a Socialist nor a Nazi; neither an extreme left winger or extreme right winger. Does this mean I am apolitical or that I have no religious beliefs? Certainly not. I hold all truth to be in high value. But I am open minded and fair, and hate and dissention will never bring America or the world, together. I don’t think we have to fight each other to bring peace. But I believe that we can co-exist by being civil and showing love and compassion to all persons of all faiths, religions and political convictions. I am a follower of Christ, but don’t agree with all who call themselves Christian. A big problem in any society is extremists who attempt to force their ideas on others. Lives speak volumes. Loving all humanity and all creatures and even our earth which gives new life each year is the key. What part of LOVE ONE ANOTHER do we not understand? So let us pray for peace, not only in our world, but in the hearts of men. The actual declaration by the messengers (angels) declared in the biblical account at the birth of Jesus was, “Peace on earth to men of good will.” Let’s be men and women of good will so long as this age continues, which will usher us into a better life now and forever.
In my 2006 book entitled “Prayers of Prophets, Knights and Kings,” I included versions of the mysterious “Serenity Prayer.” The longest version is attributed to American theologian, Reinhhold Neibuhr, said to have been written about 1926. The basic prayer, however, is much older. In 1957 it was printed in the Methodist Devotional, The Upper Room with the title, A Soldier’s Prayer from the 14th Century. It was reprinted from an out-of print book by Fredrick Ward Yates named, Between Dawn and Dark. Here is that version:
“Almighty God, our heavenly father, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed, courage to change what should be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other.”
Regardless of what version you may have heard or read, the message is the same: There are some things over which we have no control . Those things must be accepted so that we can move on with our lives. Some things we have the ability to change for the better. Those are the only things with which we should concern ourselves.
The news on the television, radio, Internet, and in the newspapers, is constantly negative, and dwelling on those things is a waste of time unless we have it in our power to make a difference. When this is the case, some have stood apart from the pack and dared to be different. I applaud those precious people!
So if you have the ability to right a wrong, God bless you. Do it.
Otherwise, choose to live at peace with yourself and those about you, and only involve yourself in making your life and that of those in your care the best it can be. Spread good tidings and joy.
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