The Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer

I hate turmoil.  I don’t think anyone could enjoy for any extended period of time chaos and disorder.

I experienced this feeling often when my husband died unexpectedly.  I had so many decisions to make, so much responsibility to take on alone, and frankly, I experienced hurt like I never have before in my life.  I also had my children to think of.  They were hurting, too, and I couldn’t make the situation better, but I knew how I handled daily life would lead the way for them to carry on.

I ran to the Savior like I have never done before.  My quiet time seemed to be the only thing I could control in my life at that point, and God’s grace and peace was evident to me.

One day the Serenity Prayer popped into my head.  The lines familiar to me are not the entire prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1930’s.  I found the ‘meat’ of this prayer in the verses that I never knew existed. It goes like this.

The Serenity Prayer

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 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.

Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971)

I think I might just call this prayer my “Recipe for Living.”

Confectionately Yours,


Proverbs 3: 5-6-Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge them, & He shall direct thy paths.