Monday, February 10, 2014

Sunset on Monday

Anyone with a nodding acquaintance with AA could probably cite their version of the "Serenity Prayer" from memory.  It is a very succinct prayer that states "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference."  This is a very truncated version of the actual prayer attributed to the American Theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr.  The prayer in its original form actually reads this way:
"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."  Amen.
I've found this prayer to be far stronger than I've ever thought and have received great comfort in it today.

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