Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Serenity Prayer - in full

It seems that as I grow older (and only perhaps wiser) I feel the need to draw again and again from the Serenity Prayer - often quoted by recovering addicts, and also quite a helpful prayer for those of us who are in "helping professions," and who are engaged in ministries that demand much of us. What I had not read for quite awhile was the entire Serenity Prayer, as written by Reinhold Neibuhr, but I ran across it today at the "Inward/Outward" blog...just excellent!

By Reinhold Niebuhr

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.

Source: Theologian, 1892-1971

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