TIL: the original version of the Serenity Prayer was very different, and much stronger! the modern version that everyone knows goes
"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"
but the original version, as written by Reinhold Niebuhr, is
"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"
three key changes weakened it substantially:
* us -> me
* what *must* be altered -> what i *can* change
* switching the first two clauses, placing the emphasis on serene acceptance rather than reforming courage
If I do end up deciding to go that path, it's going to be a part-time thing as I do something more fiscally sustainable.
Two days in a row I've been asked in different ways by different people if I had considered restarting the discernment process for ordained ministry.
Today I printed out the Manual on Ministry for my denomination, and I'm going to read through it and figure out if I'm right in that it's not quite the path I'm supposed to be following now.
Had a dream last night where I went back to visit Union Theological Seminary. In the dream I had a moment where I thought "I miss this place. Maybe I should go back for a doctorate." And I remembered that Dr. Cone had passed on and thought "I guess there's no point in doing that. At least not here."
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