At some point as adults, we have to make the decision to pursue our faiths ourselves. As I’ve written about before, I decided to go from being a Catholic to being an actually practicing Catholic. I really started making this decision in college and it was something that I have diligently practiced now that I’m out of college.
I try to always remember the Serenity Prayer.
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.
Prayer can be painful and at times disappointing. When Nana was in her final stages, she was so clearly in pain. Despite praying for the repeated alleviation of her pain, she suffered for many weeks. Prayer can be frustrating in that we don’t always see the results that we’re looking for. While accepting this is part of having faith, that doesn’t make it easy.
When I was at the Garth Brooks World Tour in Charleston, SC over President’s Day Weekend, I was reminded of his song Unanswered Prayers. I was thinking about exactly this case. I’ve turned to this song a couple of times since that concert just as I wade through different things in my own life.
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She lives with her husband Casey and their pup Bo in Savannah, GA.