Serene Sunday: A Prayer to Soothe the Soul

At this festive time of year as our family gathers for Thanksgiving, in addition to the gratitude we give for our bountiful feast, we always recite the “Serenity Prayer”. It’s a long-standing family tradition. 🙂 Everyone is familiar with prayer/poem, and we recite it together by heart, while holding hands at the dinner table:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And the Wisdom to know the difference…

What you may not realize is there’s more to the prayer than this. It actually goes on to say…

Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time,

Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace,

Taking this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it,

Trusting that thou shall make all things right if I surrender to Thy Will,

That I may be reasonably happy in this life,

And supremely happy forever with Thee in the next.

~ AMEN

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_Prayer

http://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/smf-129_en.pdf

If you prefer the classic poetic structure, here it is from a previous “Serene Sunday” post. You’ll notice the wording is slightly different, but the sentiment expressed is the very same…

God grant me the Serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
and Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

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