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Serenity

December 23, 2009

A discussion about my Christmas stress on Facebook led me to The Serenity Prayer. I jokingly changed it to the following:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot get done; the energy to do the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”

But as usual, I had to Google it first in order to get the wording right. And when I did, I found the FULL text of the prayer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the second part of it, but it is beautiful:

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 hardships 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 Niebuhr

Amen!

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One comment

  1. Amen, now doesn’t that make you feel more serene and at peace? I love it!



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