I have memorized and prayed these two favorite prayers for years. They both bless my heart, especially when I dwell on them and meditate on them, not just quote them like a poem for English class.
The Serenity Prayer (I did not hear more than the first three lines of the Serenity Prayer until a few years ago.)
God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I can not change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And 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 Jesus did, this sinful world as it is;
Rather than how I would have it;
Trusting that You will make all things right;
As I turn my will over to You;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this world;
And supremely happy with You
forever in the next.
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
From the moment I heard St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer years ago I committed to memorize it, meditate on it and pray it often. This prayer has blessed me time and time again and caused me to dwell on it’s continued application and impact in my life.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.