The New Serenity Prayer was recently posted on the internet and is so insightful that it cries out to be shared. It was written by Fr. James Martin, SJ. It is incredibly apt in today's social climate - I encourage you to fold your hands and quietly reflect on the words that are offered.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, which is pretty much everyone, since I am not you, God. At least, not the last time I checked.
And while you're at it, God, please give me the courage to change what I need to change about myself, which is frankly a lot since, once again, I'm not you, which means I'm not perfect.
It's better for me to focus on changing myself than to worry about changing other people, who, as you'll no doubt remember me saying, I can't change anyway.
Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up whenever I think that I'm clearly smarter than everyone else in the room, that no one knows what they're talking about except me, or that I alone have all the answers.
Basically, God, grant me the wisdom to remember that I am not you.
Wedding Destination - Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Carolina Low Country has become a most desirable site for folks to come from far and wide to solemnize their marriages. South Carolina law allows a variety of officials (judges, notaries, etc.) to officiate at such ceremonies, but many couples ask specifically if a minister might be available. Since pastors actively serving churches are often reluctant to take on additional responsibilities that do not involve members of their own congregations, that means the pool of available clergy is somewhat limited. Enter David. Officiating at such affairs has become a most enjoyable form of ministry now that we have relocated to the island permanently. For details about the process, click here or on the "Weddings" button at left and we will be happy to assist.
WHAT EXCITES A MINISTER who officiates at LOTS of weddings. During their sojourn in France on a recent vacation, the Leiningers encountered the Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine River near the Louvre Museum in Paris. It is called the Bridge of Locks because the tradition there is for couples who marry to celebrate their union by inscribing a lock with their names and date and attaching it to the superstructure of the bridge - there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of them now, so many, in fact, that the practice is now illegal because of the danger of collapse onto shipping below Yes, it DID happen. Other countries have a similar tradition (we wonder how that might work with the Wilton Graves bridge leading to island - hmm). Beautiful sentiment. What did you do to tell the world about your marriage?
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