August 17, 2022

Serenity Prayer, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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.

Psalm 119

Let my cry come before you, O Lord; *

give me understanding, according to your word.
Let my supplication come before you; *

deliver me, according to your promise.
My lips shall pour forth your praise, *

when you teach me your statutes.
My tongue shall sing of your promise, *

for all your commandments are righteous.
Let your hand be ready to help me, *

for I have chosen your commandments.
I long for your salvation, O Lord, *

and your law is my delight.
Let me live, and I will praise you, *

and let your judgments help me.
I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; *

search for your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.

Image: “Peaceful Serenity” by blavandmaster is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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