God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. 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.
- Reinhold Niebuhr -
This next quote talks about pain and I was reminded of it in relation to asking God for things I want and then freely expressing my emotions and feelings to Him.
If we run from God, if we turn from God in the pain, we forfeit any prospect of finding hope, comfort, or meaning in it. If we run to Him in our desperation and grief we open ourselves up to all the resources of heaven, including the ways this battle can equip us with a compassion, an empathy, a perspective, and a grace that only those who've felt life's deepest wounds can know. We can choose. We can let pain make us a victim, or a wounded healer for a wounded world.
- Ron Hutchcraft -