How about a prayer today? I am a collector of prayers. Some days my prayers run out and I need someone else’s words and someone else’s hope. Maybe I just like to overhear someone else’s conversation with God. When I hear a really good prayer I simply pray “me too.”
Today’s prayer is the serenity prayer. Do you know it?
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. Amen
Serenity: calm and steady
Courage: strength to withstand danger, fear or difficulty
Wisdom: knowledge, insight, judgment
Of course, no prayer is simply for us. God hears our prayers on behalf of the world. As we gain serenity, courage, and wisdom, the world gains these same things through us. The world is in dire need of serenity, courage, and wisdom.
So today we pray.
And God hears.
And by God’s grace, we live.
Every blessing to you today, good people.
Pastor Cindy Hickman
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
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This week at West Des Moines United Methodist Church:
Tonight is Wednesday Night Live and that means supper together! Good food and good fellowship! Free will offering. Pay what works for you!
Sunday morning our sermon series, Healthy Minds, God and Mental Health, continues. We will be talking about addictions. Between services Dr. Craige Wrenn will lead a conversation on “America’s Opioid Crisis: Trends, Science, and Hope.” At 1pm, we will offer a Healing Service. Can we as disciples learn more about mental illness and the suffering it creates? Can we be part of the healing? You are invited!