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The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

Twentieth Century American Theologian

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.
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.

Bibliography: Shapiro, Fred R. “Who Wrote the Serenity Prayer? The Inspiring Text—Long Attributed to an Eminent Theologian—May Have Deeper Roots than We Thought.” Yale Alumni Magazine: Who Wrote the Serenity Prayer? (July/Aug 08). Yale Alumni Magazine. Accessed February 3, 2021.

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