Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday Prayer

God, give us grace
to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,
courage to change the things that should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Neibuhr


Songbird said...


Mary Beth said...

Yeah. That's right.

Mother Laura said...

Oh, just what I needed today, Juniper.

Thank you.

Mother Laura said...

I need prayers for myself and my children, friends, for something I can't blog about and never thought would happen to me. I have finally faced the facts that my marriage is over; that every day he stays in my house is psychologically dangerous to me and my kids; that I can't yet get him out because I can't support us alone; and the emotional abuse has been so subtle that I can't yet count on financial or perhaps even emotional support from my own family as I get myself able to do that.

I am building my support team and keeping myself emotionally healthy, and protecting my kids as best I can while not lying to them, and it's getting very wearing. Codependents Anonymous is my new friend--hence my gratitude for the Serenity Prayer this morning.

My biggest discernment need is whether to hold out for full time academic employment, which would be best for the three of us but could take a year to set up and/or require a move, or try to move toward chaplaincy right away--which would be draining, maybe take more CPE, and take time from the time consuming academic job search.

I am shaking a bit as I finally face the truth and speak it out loud, and so grateful for this safe space to keep myself grounded as I begin to transition. I could not do this without community, through which the loving power of God is so evident.

Juniper said...

ML, prayers for you today for a smooth way to be made for you in this time.

Songbird said...

My prayers are with you, Laura.

Mary Beth said...

Oh, Laura, you and all are in my prayers.

lorna (see throughfaith) said...

Laura, may God keep you close.Amen