When I was growing up, the Serenity Prayer was on the wall of my grandmother’s dining room, done in very careful embroidery by my Aunt Margaret. The prayer makes a specific ask:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the
This prayer is attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr, a theologian who lived from 1892-1971, and was published in 1943. I imagine my grandmother learned it back then.
I always remembered this prayer, and knew my grandmother was right; this was prayer was written for me.
I think the first time she told me the prayer I was 11. I was telling her about one of my first friends, Alberta, who happened to be a different race. Back then, in my town, the residents consisted of 99.9% of one race and it wasn’t so common to meet someone who was not of the same race. Alberta happened to be a foster child and desperately wanted to be adopted by her foster family. At that point in her life, she said she was considered too old for adoption. I didn’t understand. How could she be too old to get a family? I railed on about injustice and my grandmother told me that I need to understand that I could not change everything.
I am sure my passion for social justice was started on that day for all individuals in our society who require advocacy, no matter the reason. Social justice for individuals with intellectual disabilities is the WHY, the reason I chose to lead here at KenCrest. Over the next three weeks, let’s explore WHY. Let’s bolster our courage to change the things we can!