On our way back from Florida we lost "bear". He was Blake's lovey - and he was very, very loved. Blake got him as a gift when he was a baby - and had snuggled with him every day since. He lost him on his fifth birthday. I cried. I mean really, really cried. I felt like I wasn't just saying goodbye to bear - but to my little boy. He is big now. I mean really, really big. He is riding his bike, swimming under water and playing baseball (ok, ok Tee Ball). I begged God to help us find him, to work a miracle, I KNEW God had the power. We lost him on an airplane - he could be anywhere. But I begged and begged God to send him back. One morning, while once again begging God to help us find this precious lost bear I was totally and completely convicted. I have never once begged God so passionately, so fervently for a lost soul. I mean I shed some serious tears over this furry little creature and I can't remember shedding a single tear for a truly lost soul. I can't remember BEGGING God for someone's salvation. Actually, I do remember praying for a few specific people when I was a young child...but when those prayers weren't answered, I think I kind of gave up. We never found bear. But I am praying with all of my heart that God will fill me with deep, passionate, heart-felt, faith filled prayers for people who are lost. That they will find Him. That they will know His love. That they will come home.
I think I've heard the serenity prayer a million and one times, but I just recently found out that it is never quoted in full. The second half is wonderfully encouraging! "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; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him Forever and ever in the next"