“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
We have heard this popular part of the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr. And living with chronic illness there is so much we cannot change.
I cannot change the circumstances of my illness or the fact it wrecks havoc on my family life at times.
But . . . I can change my attitude about how I look at these situations.
I can remember that despite disappointments, worries and losses, God is always on this journey. In fact God is way ahead.
If life looks bleak, or makes no sense, there is still a plan that God has put in motion. Oftentimes we have no idea what the plan is for weeks, months, even years. But there is always a plan. Always.
Sometimes it is so difficult to decipher what is changeable and what isn’t. But there is much in our lives we have no control over–and that is where faith comes in. We must rely on God at all times, but faith is also critical when we are in our darkest moments.
Here is the beautiful conclusion of the Serenity Prayer.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
-The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr
Prayer: Dear Lord, guide us as we navigate our lives and the various challenges we face while living with chronic illness. Help us to turn to You for guidance and support. Amen.
About the author:
Laura Seil Ruszczyk lives in New York with her husband and three kids. She retired from her job as an elementary school counselor in 2012. She is learning how to relinquish control, and trust in the Lord.
What has been difficult to accept since becoming chronically ill?
If you haven’t heard of Crowder his music may surprise you. He continues to grow in popularity and many churches are adding his songs into their worship time. This is him singing “Come as You Are” at the Grand Ole Opry and I think the lyrics will touch you deeply. Lay it down . . . as you are . . . Lisa