The Serenity Prayer

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We have just begun a new year. Hopes are high, goals are made, and efforts are in place to accomplish what we have set out to do. One thing is for sure: surprises await us all. Some will be great, and some will be painful. I have found the following prayer and its personal application helpful when my sorrows outnumber my joys.

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 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

Now apply your circumstances to this prayer.

  • God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
    [my child’s disability, my divorce, losing my job, financial loss]
  • The courage to change the things I can
    [my attitude, my beliefs, my behavior, my perspectives, my values]
  • And the wisdom to know the difference.
  • Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time
    [my child’s smile, soul, my partner’s strengths, my home, my abilities to think or move, taste and smell, talk and read, my needs being met by the Lord]
  • Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace
    [I cast my anxieties and worries onto you, Lord, so I may be given your peace which will surpass my understanding]
  • 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
    [I place my will under Your sovereign control, desiring that this cup shall pass but welcoming Your call and walking obediently according to Your will]
  • That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen
    [Lord, my faith is cultivated in the refiner’s fire (1 Peter 1:6–7), and I choose to believe that my suffering will produce perseverance, character, and hope (Romans 5:1–4)]
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