Thanks for your words of wisdom and caring.
Father of Five,
I have to laugh. When Catholics say "Saints" you mean individuals recognized by the church as exceptionally holy. When LDS say "Saints" we mean us. Not that we ARE exceptionally holy, but that we are supposedly striving to become such. In fact, you may or may not realize that the S in LDS is Saints. We are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
We do not pray to anyone other than God. Some people think we worship Moroni and/or Joseph Smith. We don't. We just respect them a lot, among others. I have read brief accounts of the lives of some of the saints (Catholic definition) and truly admire them as well.
I did include my lost Touch in my regular prayers and a couple of extras, and I found it the next morning. I wondered if maybe the Lord thought I was spending too much time with it and needed a little wake up call.
Still on the Touch. Today was foggy and I didn't want my boy biking in it unnecessarily, so I waited at the church for his early morning religion class. After walking the dog around a couple of blocks, I let her loose in the back parking lot and started to organize my applications on my Touch. We got home quickly enough that I had the option of biking anyway or taking light rail. The fog was part of why I didn't want to bike, but really I wanted to keep 'working' on my Touch. Except I put it down at home and forgot to pick it up. Then the train was so crowded it was standing room only (not unusual) and so jerky that I was holding on with both hands to keep from falling on others. We were all getting to know each other pretty well! Anyway, unTouchable. Great discussion about sci-fi books between several of the passengers, however.
I am glad that you worked your way out of your rut. I am mostly out of mine, too. Aspects of course remain, but they are dealt with or put in the background and ignored. I know that I have a very blessed life.
Full Original Serenity Prayer
by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God, give us 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.
Oops. Late for work! bye!