Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Serenity Prayer (of AA fame) in its original entirety:


GOD, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change,
 
Courage to change the things I can
 
Wisdom to know the difference.
 
Living one day at a time;
 
Enjoying one moment at a time;
 
Accepting hardship as a 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

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

JAZ,

You study theology. There is a rumor that the actual source of the Serenity Prayer is H. Richard Neihbur. Do you know if that is true?

Tom Becker said...

http://silkworth.net/aa/Serenity-Prayer-Origin.html
Some more info. It's up in the air about who really came up with it. . .

T

Anonymous said...

I have always heard that Niebuhr is this prayer's author, but am amazed and gratified to read it for the first time in its entirety; ( this, after having been a friend of Bill W's for 14 years.)