Thursday, January 5, 2012

COURAGE: To Accept Or To Change And The Wisdom To Know Which

WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM
REINHOLT NIEBUHR, 1892 - 1971

 IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY OR WHAT?

Gustau and Lydia Niebuhr emigrated to the United States from Germany to Wright City, Missouri.  Their son, Reinholt Niebuhr, who was born on June 21, 1892, is seen here on the cover of TIME.

America!  The land where the "pursuit" of happiness is guaranteed by the Constitution.

  HOW GREAT IS THAT?

Neibuhr graduated from Elmhurst College (1910), Eden Theological College (1913), received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale (1914) and a Master of Arts from Yale (1915).  He became an Ordained Minister in 1915.  HE PURSUED HAPPINESS IN A BIG WAY! 

THIS BY A FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN!
His parents native tongue was not English

Reinholt Niebuhr became an American Prostestant theologian who had extensive influence on political thought and whose criticism of the prevailing theological liberalism of the 1920s significantly effected American Protestantism.  He may be best remembered by the following   prayer, which is accepted by such groups as Alcoholics Anonymous and the American Armed Force Chaplains.

 
THE SERENITY PRAYER

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to accept the things I can and,
Wisdom to know the difference

LIFE IS NOT A BED OF ROSES
As a relatively young man, I was faced with a situation that struck deep into my soul.  IT WAS A SITUATION NOT OF MY MAKING OR OF MY ABILITY TO CHANGE.  Seeking the counsel of a friend, and my family doctor, Dr. John McGarry, I was reminded that the problem was not mine and I could not correct problems in others.  He urged me to accept the problem and get on with life.  I did!  And; I have enjoyed success beyond what I could even have conceived at that young age.  Do you know what my greatest treasure is today?  MY THREE CHILDREN.

MARK, KIMBERLY, WALT AND TODD
Taken at my 80th birthday party

Yesterday Mark called to inform me that he had solved a computer problem that was keeping me from adding the countries that read my blog to my blog face page.  Each in their own way add to my life in an ongoing manner. AT THAT DIFFICULT PERIOD OF MY LIFE I DECIDED THAT THE ONE THING I COULD DO WAS DEDICATE MY LIFE TO MY CHILDREN.  I have been, and am daily, so richly repaid for that decision.

AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE? JERK A KNOT IN IT AND HANG ON
I did!  Snoopy did!  You can! 

THIS IS STILL A GREAT COUNTRY
Let us each do our part to keep it that way
Make an informed vote in 2012

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA  

 
    

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