Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr*

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There are various versions of Serenity Prayer. Niebuhr's versions of the prayer were always printed as a single prose sentence; printings that set out the prayer as three lines of verse modify the author's original version.



The original, attributed to Niebuhr, is:

God, give me 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.






5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
   and do not rely on your own insight. 
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
   and he will make straight your paths.

                                                                                                                           (Proverbs 3:5-6)