Thursday, March 18, 2010

Harry’s Invocation for Brockton Rotary

I have come to believe that the most powerful four words, the shortest prayer and most challenging statement of faith, the crux of the Lord’s Prayer, for me, is “Thy Will Be Done.”

As Rotarians and Americans we struggle to fathom the difference between abandoning our effort to respond to life with action and dedication, and accepting realities that make life feel hard and merciless. Another short prayer is, for me, the instruction manual for living on Earth: The Serenity Prayer:

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.

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