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The Serenity Prayer(s)

As adopted and used today in AA, SAA, and other 12 Step meetings

God, grant me the serenity

to accept the things

I cannot change, 

the courage to

change the things I can,

and the wisdom to

know the difference.


And The Complete Original Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) circa 1934


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.

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