Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other.
This is the original version of the serenity prayer, originally coined by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the early 1930s. I believe that on this most momentous election day in my lifetime, it would be good to remember that, if we have voted, if we have called and texted others, if we have knocked on doors, if we have donated money, if we have helped those around us vote or get to the polls, that we have, indeed, done all that we can to affect the outcome as we would like it. Today will be the time to accept the things we cannot change and move forward.
Many people I know are very anxious about this election. I won’t get too deeply into politics here, but this is an inflection point for America. The events that have taken place over the last 4 years will take their place in history as time marches on. When we all have some distance and hindsight, we will be able to take a true accounting of all that has been done to us, and to others in our name. One hopes amends can be made somehow, though it is impossible to know now.
What we do know is that the earth is still turning, the sun still rises and those of us who carry on will be made stronger through adversity.
So, if you have not yet, go VOTE! Your vote is your power. Do not let others take it away from you. Our American ancestors fought and died to give us this right. People flock from around the world to breathe free in America. Do not waste this gift you have.
Yours, in strength, in power, and with resilience.