A Good Serenity Prayer (my favorite version)

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.


Reinhold Niebuhr, a late version of the prayer from the 1950s

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  1. Here is my version of a serenity prayer.
    Grant me the Serenity
    to accept the Future,
    The Courage
    to change the Present,
    The Wisdom
    to know the Past.

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