‘Serenity’ is a word we read or hear often in self-help books or Twelve Step programs. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,” is a very familiar line from a prayer attributed to theologian Reinhold Neibuhr.
But ‘serenity’ is an acquired taste. The truth is, most of us have been basically unfamiliar with the whole concept for much of our lives. And once we are introduced to it, we’re not always sure it’s a concept we like.
Serenity often seems too tame, too boring to be a concept worth embracing. Maybe someday I’ll settle for it, we think, but not today. Today I need excitement, drama, high energy in my life.
Just as still waters run deep, however, so there can be great energy in a state of serenity – and yes, even excitement and drama as well. Serenity isn’t boring, it’s simply confident. It isn’t inert, it’s simply centered. Serenity allows us to experience and appreciate all of life deeply and richly, anchored in the certainty that we live as the loving and protecting Power of God.
Today, no matter how busy or hectic my life may seem, I can and do claim in this moment that I AM One with God now. And for that true serenity – an inner serenity unthreatened by the events and dramas of my life – I am deeply grateful. Thank you, God.