Welcome to March and to our monthly theme of Wisdom.
In the midst of many worldly concerns, wisdom asks us to take a step back, to seek refuge and groundedness in quiet moments, to cultivate our core of compassion, and to move through life with intention and kindness.
In her book called For Praying Outloud, L. Annie Foerster offers us the following poem, noting that we sometimes “ask for wisdom, and still settle for the courage to do what we must.” Have you been reminded lately of how courageous you are? Of how many storms you’ve weathered? Of how many obstacles you’ve overcome? There are many qualities that seem related to Wisdom. Courage is one of those qualities. Gratitude is another. So, this month, I offer these words from Foerster: Giving thanks for what has been, accepting what is, and yearning with hope and determination for what will be.
Take a moment to give thanks–in any form: silently, aloud, written, sung, through movement, etc.
Take a moment to accept what is: In the words of the now famous “Serenity Prayer” by Reinhold Niebhur, “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.”
Lastly, Take a moment to dwell in “yearning with hope and determination for what will be.” Our days are largely what we make of them. This is not true for all people, but it is true for most people who will read these words. So, what is it you yearn for? What is your hope, and how will you live into your determination to reach your desired goal?
May you be blessed, beloveds.
~Rev. Mary Frances
SPIRIT of AGES, LIGHT of LIFE,
What can we tell that is not already known?
What can we ask for that will not come without the asking?
And, still we speak–to tell, to ask, to pray.
We would tell of our triumphs, in order to drown out the shout of our defeats;
We would tell of our love…And we would tell of our lives, as if to live forever.
We would ask for wisdom, and still settle for the courage to do what we must;
We would ask for joy, and we will be grateful for the ability to cry;
And we would ask for one another’s continued presence, and will be content with memories and dreams.
Thus we tell; and thus we ask; and thus we pray:
Giving thanks for what has been, accepting what is, and yearning with hope and determination for what will be.
Amen. -L. Annie Foerster