God, give us the grace to accept with serenityThis is part of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer. I like the word serenity. Peace. A sense of inner calm. I tend to be up and down. I need steadiness. My soul longs to be more settled.
the things that cannot be changed,
the courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
To experience serenity, I need to accept what happened. I was sexually abused. Many times. And that abuse had drastic, lifelong effects. I didn’t get what I needed growing up. I cannot change these things. I need grace to accept them.
But there are things I can change. I am not stuck; I can make choices. I need supernatural courage for this. I can resolve to make my healing a priority—not just for my sake, but also out of love for those around me.
I can't change what happened, but I can heal. I can grow in serenity.
If I want to experience serenity,
I must make healing a priority.