Blog 218 for JUNE 12, 2021
“The Serenity Prayer”
(written by Reinhold Niebuhr)
The Serenity Prayer is one of those famous prayers. Should you want to do some research about the prayer, check out Wikipedia. Most of us have quoted the first four lines many times. It’s very familiar and has been meaningful to us.
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.
Reinhold Niebuhr was an American Theologian, born in 1892 and died in 1971. He composed this prayer in 1932-33. This prayer spread rapidly in the 1930s and 1940s. It was adopted and popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs. Reinhold used it in a 1943 sermon at Heath Evangelical Union Church in Heath, Massachusetts. It also appeared in a sermon of his in 1944 Book of Prayers and Services for the Armed Forces. The USO circulated the prayer to soldiers on printed cards during World War II. Well, so much for my research.
Through the years, I have personally enjoyed repeating the first four lines that I learned many years ago. I’m sure I learned it in school.
The rest of the prayer goes like this…
“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. Amen.”
Sending blessings, love and prayers your way. Be filled with joy. Share the Christ-life with all you come in contact with. Be HIS Hand extended to our broken world.
Please enjoy this Brigham Young University Combined Choir YouTube video of “Did You Think to Pray?”
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