During Sunday worship, worshippers ask for the rest of the congregation to pray for them or for someone else. This past Sunday, one person shared that one of her adult children wasn't doing what she really thought he should be doing. She admitted that she needed to let go of controlling him. I asked the rest of the congregation if any of them had children who weren't doing what they thought they should be doing and immediately 50 hands went up.
We do want to control what those around us are doing. We have the benefit of distance, and so we do know best, don't we.
Well, obviously, we don't know and we can't control others. A recent post on Facebook said, "You cannot control everything that happens to you. You can only control the way you respond to what happens. In your response is your power."
After the prayer request, I shared with the congregation an adaptation of the Serenity Prayer that I had just learned myself that week. I offer it to you:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
say out loud all the things you cannot change
the courage to change the things I can
say out loud all the things that you can change
and the wisdom to know the difference.
May God bless you with serenity, courage and wisdom!