God, Grant Me the Serenity ….

red  rosesI just got off the phone with a friend of mine who is dealing with the end stages of chronic alcoholism with her 40-something sister. She basically had to take her home from the hospital after she almost died from alcohol poisoning and leave her in her home to drink herself to death. She took away her keys and brought her little nephew home to stay with her and her family. Her kids and husband are reeling from the impacts of dealing with the stress and impossible decision-making that goes along with this stage of the disease. Her family is falling apart, her job is suffering, and she is absolutely in an impossible spot. The alcoholic won’t get sober, and she’s a grown woman. The nurse at the hospital told my friend through a veil of tears that she had been in the exact same place with her mother. The only thing she could do was take her home and let her drink herself to death. They both cried at the impossibleness of it all.

Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. All I can say at this point is I HATE alcoholism. You can’t even hate the addict because they are enduring their own kind of personal hell. Alcoholism creeps in and destroys families slowly at first. The disease accelerates and spirals into a horror story that no one should have to endure. My normally vibrant friend sounded weary and defeated. My prayers are with you, my friend, and anyone else that is facing this dreadful disease right now. Do not kid yourself that a happy ending is inevitable or even a probability. It’s not. The worst-case scenario often comes true.

If you have a loved one who has a drinking problem, you can get help for yourself here. You are not alone.

The Serenity Prayer

The full text of the original “Serenity Prayer” written by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

GOD, grant me the serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change,

Courage to change the
things I can, and the
wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship 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

4 thoughts on “God, Grant Me the Serenity ….

  1. Alcoholism is such a horrible disease! My heart goes out to your friend and her family, especially her nephew, whose young life has already been devastated by alcoholism. There are so few things as difficult to endure as letting go and watching it play out to the very bitter end. Prayers to all who live with the disease or live with someone who suffers from it. And gratefulness for every day of sobriety for both of my brothers and their wives – ODAT.

  2. Wow! Thank you for sharing! I watched my father do this when I was 12 years old and I have another extended family member going through it right NOW. It is extremely tough to go through. I am grateful today that it’s not me also.

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