Serenity Prayer History

Have you heard or read the Serenity Prayer? Its one of the worlds most recognized prayers there is. Found and used by everyone — and inked onto thousands more! Well this site is devoted to the prayer, and to give thanks for it. It has kept me out of some real trouble, after decideing that karma was better left to deal with some folks than to do it myself! Well the Serenity Prayer has many variations and changes but here is some of its history!

Now the original prayer is attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr and he thinks he wrote it in 1943, but it didnt get in print till 1944, when it was added to a Federated Coucil of Churches prayer book for service men. This is a version of the serenity prayer from 1937.

"Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other."

The early versions were written by Niebuhr as 1 line of prose. The most poular version of the Serenity Prayer seems to be as follows.

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can change, And wisdom to know the difference."

One version as follows is a bit more aggressive in its approach. This version is from Pastor  David Todeschini.

"Lord, grant me the strength and the courage to change those things which cannot be changed, the motivation and the concern to change those things that should be changed, and Lord, please grant me the insight and the wisdom to change those things for the better, that I might enjoy the serenity of knowing that I have been used as an instrument of your peace."

A much longer and newer version of the prayer is as follows.

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.

One comment

  1. Nathan says:

    Please pray for a 17 year old girl from our Church who was knocked down by a car on Monday 27th September. Her name is Grace and she and her pnearts and brother attend our Church she has been a baby-sitter for my three young children.Grace has been very badly injured in the accident, and her condition is critical. She has suffered very severe head injuries and is currently in an induced coma in hospital. The Doctors gave her pnearts very little hope, but 4 days on Grace is still with us and fighting hard for her life. She has started to show some positive signs some hand movements, a cough, etc, but it is likely to be a long haul, so please pray for a miracle.Please pray for calm and God’s peace for her pnearts and family. Her mother witnessed the accident so please pray that she remains strong.Please also pray for the doctors, nurses and other medical staff involved in Grace’s care and treatment.Many people are already praying for Grace her family and friends, our Church, other Churches locally and elsewhere, prayers are being posted on social networking sites such as Facebook, even strangers are praying when they hear about her.Please spread the word about Grace’s plight and ask as many people as possible to pray for Grace and her family. Please ask God for a miracle and to help Grace recover fully from the awful injuries she has received.

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