Serenity Prayer As A Mantra For Life
According to Wikipedia the Serenity Prayer “is the common name for an originally untitled prayer by the American theologian Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971)” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_Prayer August 5, 2013
This prayer/poem has become a guiding light that offers clarity, joy, confidence and a way to stay present with our oldest Grandchild James.
James came into this world a much loved and anticipated child. He arrived with everyone knowing that this wonder of human love and the Creator’s spirit could/would have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
Paul and I were present at his birth, such a perfect child and I recognized in him a strength of character that is uncommon in children and adults alike. It was in that moment when I was introduced to him, James did not want to open is eyes for the very first time, pinching them shut and taking charge of his world at the early age of 10 minutes.
James has DMD and he has never let this condition of his genetics define him. From birth James’ parents have nurtured him to know himself through his ability, spirit and to know his gifts, while at the same time integrating the progressively increasing restrictions DMD places on all of them.
The Serenity Prayer
God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,
That our beloved Grandson has DMD
Courage to change the things which should be changed,
Being the parents that Dianne and Rob need us to be and the Grandparents James wants regardless of what we “would do if we were (those of you who are Grandparents can fill in the rest)”
and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Knowing when to act as Dianne’s mother and father and when we are Grandparents.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
To anything else means that we miss out on who James is today and what he is teaching and sharing with us. Like how to play Minecraft.
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
We love you James