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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;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

I’ve heard this quote in many different contexts. Strangely, I find it very satisfying and very comforting. 

changing phases of faith

from my religion class homework essay prompt excerpt…

“… At the same time,with my church doctrine considering it as a sin, I have been forced into a moral dilemma – to follow what I believe is right or to follow what others have figured from their analyzation of the Bible. After reading many articles about homosexuality and a couple controversial experiments that say that homosexuality is genetic rather than something that we can figure out by ourselves, I feel necessary to move away from the church in that sense to my own view. This, of course, brings into conflict with how should I go from here? What is my faith? I feel myself moving away from the general acceptance of everything that the church has taught me to feeling myself once again burdened with waves of doubt. Is it ever possible to truly, truly believe in God? Or am I only acting myself?…” 

 

Genesis According to Disney

I thought this was really quite interesting!

adoptingjames

It is said that all great stories derive from the Bible. I emphasize that it’s not all intentional, but just for fun, I couldn’t help pulling a few biblical inspirations from some our favorite Disney films. More to come later.

Clouds

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Day and Night

…He separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:3)

Garden

Now the Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden. (Genesis 1:8)

Eve

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 1:18)

Snake

“Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” (Genesis 3:1)

apple

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. (Genesis 3:6)

Cain Able

Now Cain said…

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