Friday, January 15, 2010

The Serenity Prayer

Posting the Salvation Prayer this morning got me thinking about the Serenity Prayer which I am sure many believers and non-believers alike know well - whether as part of recovery through AA or similar organisations following the twelve-step programme or whether on a fridge magnet or a Hallmark card.
Only recently I discovered there was more to this prayer than I thought. I knew the section below that I've marked in purple but the next part is relatively new to me.

GOD, grant me the serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change,
Courage to change the
things I can, and the
wisdom to know the difference.
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the
pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this
sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make
all things right if I
surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy
in this life, and supremely
happy with Him forever in
the next. Amen
Reinhold Neibuhr-1926

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