On this day

On this day twelve years ago much of the world watched transfixed by the events of 9/11.  Disbelief, uncertainty, fear, horror filled the air.  Today, we paused to honor those fallen, as well as those left behind to “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” on this day.  We do so with musical tributes, speeches, flowers, poems, stories, candles, the ringing of bells, wreaths, but most of all with memories.

There are other days written on our collective psyche – December 7, Katrina (August 23), and others.  These days mark and unite us in a common bond of sorrow, and pain, but they also create within us the knowledge of precious fabric of life and love, and the need to be more like you O Lord filled with courage, hope, peace, forgiveness, and that blessed assurance.

Today, O Lord help us to remember, and care for those who need your special touch of comfort and love as we all walk through the memories on this day.  In Jesus’ name. Amen

The Return

This post was written by Michael A. White, my beloved husband. 

Morning Meditation – The Return

August 5, 2013 at 6:03am

Father, I think today about the simple things in life, and look forward to casting our cares, our worries, our concerns, and our anxieties on You (our all, our everything).  Life itself oh Lord, bears many complications, of which we are not exempt [excused, released, relieved, freed], from.  There might be a sniffle [whimper, cry, weep], as we suffer in our uneasiness [discomfort], or disquieted (lack of calm, peace, ease; anxiety, uneasiness), in our spirits. We can deprive [rob, deny, rid, strip], ourselves of the rights to calmness, composure, tranquility, serenity, the rights to peace, due to our on “failures-to-launch”, or stated differently, not receiving Your calling, to release our cares, our worries, concerns, anxieties upon You.

The vexations [displeasures, upsets, irritations], within our spirits, distractions [disruptions, disturbances, interferences], in our lives, or hindrances [obstacles, barriers, sabotages], can come directly from us sometimes, as we carry life challenges, nor knowing, nor realizing, or forgetting, opportunities to cast [throw, hurl, fling, chuck, pitch, toss], cares [worries, concerns, troubles, problems], about our pasts, presents, futures, cares about ourselves, family, friends, on You (“oh, what a relief it is”). Just thinking about it, begins to bring about a shifting, a lifting, a lightening.

PRAYER

Oh Lord, to be upset, distracted, hindered, are not the roads you’ve paved for us. Lead us our Father, to roads of quiet rest, serenity unmatched, and a peace defying all logic (surpassing understanding). Let our restorations [renovations, renewals, repairs, rebuilding], be strong, firm, and steadfast, because You love and truly care for us. Amen.

The original form of the adopted Serenity Prayer, attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr:

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, 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. Amen.