Kindred in Christ,
Last week we began a new sermon series titled, Serenity: Courage, Wisdom, and the Presence of God, which is all about how to deal with anxiety. We are looking at the book of Proverbs. But we’re not just looking at scripture cognitively, seeing how scripture understands anxiety and serenity. We are also pushing a little bit into the contemplative practice of prayer.
There’s a lot of smart people that can talk about these things, and that is great! But what does it mean to experience these things that we talk about?
One practice we explored last week is the simple Breath Prayer, which will be helpful this upcoming Sunday as we move into the second part of the Serenity Prayer—accepting the things we cannot change. You can create your own Breath Prayers, but here are some prompts:
We are more than our pain.
I make space for beauty.
I accept the things I cannot change.
I know the story is never over with God.
Rev. Paul Ortiz