Serenity Prayer

Yesterday, someone gave me a copy of the full version of the Serenity Prayer which was first introduced to me years ago by my mother. Mom was a recovering alcoholic and a faithful member of Alcoholics Anonymous where she herself was introduced to the prayer. I loved the prayer from the start but I didn’t realize that, in order to find serenity, its needs to be reapplied in every circumstance of every day. One gets better at it, but there is never a moment when one arrives at its fulfillment. One has to learn the lesson of acceptance over and over again. The author is not known but it is most commonly attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr. Here it is:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.

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.
Amen. 

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2 Responses to Serenity Prayer

  1. Maude says:

    Hello, I have been alone for 4 years now. I live by myself and miss flemae company, but more importantly someone to share my life with.I meet different people each day but feel unsure about reaching out. I always look for ways to help others in my day to life.I would love to meet someone I am attracted to both internally and physically. I feel so sad with Christmas coming as I don’t want to spend another Christmas alone.It may sound shallow. But I am not perfect and don’t want perfect, only perfect for me. I have certain likes and dislikes. Someone I can be just myself with and they with me. But I believe in my heart the person I do choose, if I truly take care of their heart and support their desires to be a better person and help them fulfill their dreams as much as I have many dreams, I think God would be pleased at the end of my life.I would love to have a child, my heart feels so sad when I see couples with children. I know a child is a life commitment and I want to share parenthood.Please pray for me.Thank you!Lawrence F.

    • Judy says:

      I am reading a book right now…a deeper look at the serenity prayer. You might want to check it out: “The Wisdom to Know the Difference: When to Make a Change-and When to Let Go”, by Eileen Flanagan. Just one thing: I attribute any success in applying the principles implied in the serenity prayer to my 12 step community…I learned a long time ago that I can’t do it alone. Good luck to you.

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