One of my best friends in the whole wide world has a son named Grant.
Grant is an awesome tennis player!
Grant’s parents named him Grant because they came out to visit me and my wife when we lived in a town called “Grants Pass.”
Supposedly, President Ulysses S. Grant passed through there one time. So… naturally the people decided they should call that particular area of southern Oregon, “Grants Pass.” (Other Oregonians call it Grass Pants!)
I bought my first bicycle with a banana seat and U-shaped handlebars at a department store in Atlanta, Georgia called “Grants.”
The ever profound and soul searching song “Broken Hallelujah” is sung by Amy Grant!
Back in 2001, with my hip hairstyle, while sitting at a sidewalk cafe in the ski resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho two sisters (ages 9, 17) approached me with pen and paper in hand asking me if I was indeed Hugh Grant!
Making my way through seminary would have been much more difficult had it not been for the number of generous “grants” I received through some wonderful scholarship opportunities.
As you can tell, I love the noun and more specifically the verb – “grant”
I love the verb “grant” the most when the word “God” is in front of it.
Special thank you to American Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr for putting those two words together in the most eloquent way.
I have had a rather trying week and the way Reinhold uses the phrase “God grant” has become a mainstay for people like me everywhere who have a trying day, or week, or month or year or life… I am honored to share with you what Reinhold wrote after penning “God grant…”
God grant me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
These inspired words are commonly known as the “Serenity Prayer.”
I call it the “Grant” prayer…
There’s more than “serenity”…
There’s God’s will
And then, there’s Amen!
And for some glorious reason when I utter the word, “Amen”, peace hovers and then descends upon my soul!
I guess maybe that’s why they call it “The Serenity Prayer.”
Such Serenity May God
Laugh often and Fear not!