Rodney’s Reflection: Serenity

Can you believe it is the middle of August? Kids are preparing to go back to school, in all different ways, and parents are making impossible decisions. We are still in the midst of a global pandemic and it’s an election year. Topping it all off: it has been a million degrees outside, we haven’t been able to meet for in person worship in months, and yes, we are still in the year 2020.

In the midst of all the craziness we are experiencing, I am finding myself more and more appreciative of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer:

It has helped me to ask the question as everything has changed and nothing is really as it used to be. What can I do about ___________. Is it really something I can change?

Can I change the weather? Nope.  Can I change COVID? Nope. Can I have the courage to open water swim because my pool has been closed since march? Yes. Can I sit physically distanced with my friend in my front yard and catch up on life and the real struggles of parenting. Yes!

What about you?  I know we are mentally fatigued with COVID. We want to be back to our social calendar, out with friends and neighbors, with hand shakes, hugs, and playing with our friends. What are the things you can’t control?

Things I cannot change:
Church being closed
How school will turn out for my kids
How people behave on social media
# of people opening church emails – if you are reading this isn’t you. : )

What are the things you can control? How might you have courage to make changes?

Here are some new things I have had the courage to try:
Open Water Swimming
Front and Back Yard Communion Gatherings
Drive through Back to school Backpack Blessings
Outdoor Worship (Coming Soon) – If you haven’t heard you…
watch my video on the church website!

I am constantly asking for God’s wisdom to know the difference. Because God knows, that when left to my own devices, my own chaos, and my self centeredness, I need God’s help. I cannot do this alone.

If you haven’t prayed the serenity prayer, you might give it a try. Pray it each morning before you start your day and as you end the day for the next 30 days. You might even need it in the middle if you are like me and the stress starts pressing in. Give it a try and see how God might help you find some serenity in these unprecedented times.

Rodney Whitfield