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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" Amen
 
 
 
 
 
  
The Serenity Prayer Devotional Reading
Read Genesis 18:20-33
 
  We all face difficult situations that involve the people we love. In some of these situations the wise course of action may not be clear. We may feel a heavy burden to act but
have no idea what to do.
 
   Abraham found himself in such a situation. The Lord
had told Abraham that he intended to destroy the people
of Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickedness. Since Abraham’s nephew Lot lived among the people of these cities, Abraham was concerned for their welfare.
So Abraham approached God and said, ‘”Will you
destroy both innocent and guilty alike? Suppose you
find fifty innocent people there within the city—will
you still destroy it, and not spare it for their sakes?
Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the
innocent with the guilty…. Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the judge of all the earth do what is right?
And the Lord replied, ‘If I find fifty innocent people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake’”
(Genesis 18:23-26).
 
   The bargaining went on: Suppose there are only
forty-five…forty…thirty…twenty…ten? Finally
God said, “Then, for the sake of ten, I will not destroy it” (18:32).
 
   Abraham wasn’t sure what he could do in the situation
he faced; he wasn’t even sure what was right in this
situation. He talked it over with God, reasoning it out,
trying to do whatever he could. When we don’t know
how much of a change we can or even should make,
we can start by talking it over with God. Then we can
try to do as much as we feel confident doing. 
 
 
 
 
The Serenity Prayer Devotional Reading
Read Genesis 37:19-29
 
  There are times when life just treats us unfairly.
We may protest the injustices, fall victim to self-pity, give
in to a "poor me" kind of attitude, or sink into depression.
During these times when life is unfair, however, what we really
need is serenity.
 
    If anyone in history could claim to have been treated unfairly, it was Joseph. He was one of twelve sons, the favorite of his father, in their jealousy, Joseph's ten older brothers staged his-death to fool their father and
sold him into slavery in Egypt. Once a slave, Joseph
devoted himself to serving his master well and was
quickly promoted.
 
    He was then propositioned by his master's wife,
and when Joseph refused her, he was falsely accused
of rape. Thrown into prison with no hope of release,
he again did his best to serve. He soon running the administration of the prison. Finally, after many long
years , Joseph was freed. He was promoted to the
position of prime minister of Egypt. From this position
Joseph was able to eventually confront and forgive his brothers, who had sold him into slavery many year's
before.
(Genesis 37:-45).
   
    It takes serenity, courage, and wisdom to maintain a healthy attitude when life isn't fair. We can't change the fact that our world is imperfect and things are far from the way they should be, but we can choose our attitudes. 
 
    We need serenity from God to help us change our responses to the injustices of life. We need courage to face with optimism the days when we are treated unfairly. We need wisdom to know whether to fight injustice or to make the best of a bad situation.