Memorial Readings

The Serenity Prayer 

By Reinhold Niebuhr

God, grant us the serenity 

to accept the things

we cannot change,

Courage to change the things we can,

and the wisdom

to know the difference.

Amen

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On Joy and Sorrow

By Kahlil Gibran

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart,

and you shall see that in truth

you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

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I Live My Life in Widening Circles

By Rainer Maria Rilke

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not ever complete the last one,
but I give myself to it.

I circle around God, that primordial tower.
I have been circling for thousands of years,
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?