Hmmm… Serenity, A Lot More to It

Did you know there is a lot more to the version of The Serenity Prayer adopted, modified, and made popular by Alcoholics Anonymous? Until recently, I did not know there is more beyond the first verse written by Reinhold Niebuhr.

God, give us grace to accept with serenity

the things that cannot be changed,

Courage to change the things

which should be changed,

and the Wisdom to distinguish

the one from the other.


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.


Wow! This prayer becomes a lot more when taken into context with the second verse. It becomes more about Him and less about us. It is more than give me this so I can do that. It is about,

And so much more!


4 thoughts on “Hmmm… Serenity, A Lot More to It

  1. Hi Karin having been part of a recovery group for just over 3 years many years ago, called G.A for those addicted to Gambling, I found sadly like most of these groups including A.A Alcoholics Anonymous groups, although they still have the 12 Step Program, Jesus has been changed to God as you know Him or understand Him or a Higher Power, this was to make them more people friendly. I also attended O.A and as a visitor some other groups known as S.A, E.A, and a few A.A groups, the others all originated from A.A, we were encouraged to do this to help our Addiction.

    These groups are mostly humanistic and about making you feel good, although those run by Churches are of course much more beneficial long term, a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ is the only guaranteed recovery for success with any Addiction. Many people who attend Secular recovery Groups even after giving up their Addiction for years go back to it or move on to another harmful Addiction.. After leaving G.A, I was delivered of my Addiction by heart repentance and being anointed and prayed for by an Elder of a Church and it was also just after this that I was Miraculously healed of two life threatening illnesses, there have been more healings since. I have never gambled after being delivered , there is no need the hopelessness I felt before is gone and no Temptation is greater then I can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne


    • Thanks for the additional info Anne. As you say, it is sad such groups feel the need to be politically correct when referring to God, big G not little g, but that does not change the truth of Who God is and all he is capable of.
      Keep the Faith!


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