The rest of the Serenity Prayer

One of the most beneficial tools we learn in 12-step recovery rooms is to turn to the Serenity Prayer for comfort and peace in our lives. Some meetings open with everyone reciting it in unison.

Many of us commit the prayer to memory so we can call it to mind when we encounter situations or circumstances when we could use a dose of serenity, comfort or peace.

For most folks their serenity prayer is an abbreviated version

I have discovered over the years that the complete serenity prayer offers me more serenity and peace and the opportunity to fellowship with Jesus as I’m praying it. What do you think?

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 the pathway to peace

taking as Jesus djd this sinful world as it is

rather than how I would have it

trusting that you will make everything light

as I turn my will over to you

so that II will be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy forever with You in the next.

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