Sunday, October 24, 2010

Serenity Prayer

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.


by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)Complete, Unabridged, Original Version.

I found multiple versions online of this poem that I have used for years. This web page had the most information available.


  1. Beautiful. I never knew there was more to the prayer, nor did I know that it was by Niebuhr.

    I love the prayers of Kierkegaard. I have a book of his collected prayers (the ones translated by Perry LeFevre are still in print), and they have helped me in my journey toward God. It is a slow road (for me), and I appreciate new ways of praying to Him.
    Thank you. The photograph is beautiful, too! (And serene.)