A Prayer and a Hope for April

As April begins, hard times loom ahead, after what has already been a difficult few weeks. I’m lamenting and grieving this reality with all of you.

The simple saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” has me longing for the storms to be over and for the fullness of life and spring to return!

The veneer of how much we thought we controlled our life is gone. It’s hard, I’m right there with you, friends.

And yet it’s an opportunity to open ourselves to something more. To release. To take one day at a time – after all, we are not promised tomorrow.

The Serenity Prayer came to mind this morning. May it be a peaceful and grounding meditation for all of us in this challenging month ahead.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

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 and ever in the next.

– Reinhold Niebuhr

Some May flowers to look forward to!

And my grandmother’s peonies!

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