God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
Here we are in the wake of the tragic events in Orlando, Florida. How do we find the grace to accept the action of another human being that causes such destruction, pain and sorrow? These are the very things that are so hard to swallow, let alone accept. Yet what can we do about the things that have already happened? The things that try to break our spirits, robbing us of our hope, freedom and love. For in falling prey to it we allow these terrorist acts to accomplish what it set out to do. Fear takes over putting the fire of love that burns inside us out. What does fear breed, but more violence.
“What can I do God?” I cry out, “I’m only one person.”
“Breed love instead,” He tells me. “Starting right where you are in this very moment, in the big and little things you do throughout the day.”
So today when I went for an office visit and checked in with the receptionist, I couldn’t help but notice how kind she was being. When she was finished checking me in I could have gotten up and went about my business, but I stopped for a moment and thanked her for being so kind. Then added how nice she looked today in her bright pink shirt. I added that because it was what I was thinking when I was looking at her. How many times have we noticed something nice about someone else and we miss the moment to put a smile on their face? Love feeding love is what it’s all about. Me touching you, and you touching the next person with a little bit of that kindness love creates. Even in the mist of our worse horrors love continues to point toward something better that fear can never offer. But, it is only through the grace of God that we can put our human anger aside. In doing that the serenity we need to keep going begins to come back into view, and we can see that there is nothing to fear but fear itself.