Serenity Prayer

Journey Through Alienation

Serenity Prayer 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.

Most people are familiar with the first part of this prayer, most widely known as the prayer connected to the Alcoholics Anonymous.  Less familiar is the next two parts of the prayer which are more frequently omitted.  Taken as a whole, the prayer carries…

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