I heard about this book I’m reading called “The Way of Serenity” from a fellow blogger, Nicodemus. The author is Father Jonathan Morris.
The book is based on the “Serenity Prayer.“ I wanted to read it because this prayer has always held a special place in my heart. However, I was also skeptical of a priest view because I didn’t want to read a theological dogmatic version of it. I loved the way it already spoke so simply, yet profoundly to the heart and soul of all human kind. Within the first few pages of his introduction, Fr. Morris had me hooked. This is a book that anyone can read no matter where you stand in your beliefs. As a matter of fact, Fr. Morris’ inspiration to write it came from an encounter with a non- believer who proclaimed he didn’t believe in God, period. Fr. Morris told the man he would pray for him, but asked without thinking for the man to pray for him as well. The man told him I don’t believe in pray, because I don’t know if anyone is really listening, but I do like that “Serenity Prayer.”
Fr. Morris went on to say, “it seems to strike a chord that transcends the boundaries of particular religious experience to touch something intimately related to our common humanity. From the most fervent and committed believer to the most skeptical seeker, we can all find in it something of great depth and support.”
As I read through this book I’d love to share with you, what it stirs in my own heart, and what affect it has had in my own life.
Lord, 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.