Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Serenity Prayer

During my brother’s recent hospitalization my family was visited by many people. A few of those folks were volunteer chaplains. We found them to offer little in the form of updates on my brother’s condition, but they all seemed sincere in their concern for our family, so we allowed them to sit with us and share whatever it was they felt like sharing. One of the gentlemen told us stories about high school football and that his favorite Bible verse was The Serenity Prayer. My Christian school teaching sister shot me a look as we both continued listening to the volunteer. We both knew that prayer does not appear in the good book. It was written by Reinhold Niebuhr or was it?