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Full Serenity

February 25, 2016

It’s on lotsa Grandma’s refrigerators.

Many of us have at least part of it memorized.

Some groups close their meetings with it.

The first part is in our current hymnal.

Brilliant Lutheran pastor and theologian Reinhold Neibuhr is credited with writing it as part of the pastoral prayer in a regular worship service in 1926. One story goes that someone asked him for a copy of it after the service, and he reached into his suit coat pocket and handed over his notes.

We know it as The Serenity Prayer.

However we came to have it, most of us only know the first few lines. In its entirety, it goes like this —

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.

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.

And amen.

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