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,
- The Source of peace, courage, wisdom, strength, true happiness, and the Light at the end of the tunnel (Psalm 143:10, Romans 8:28, Hebrews 4:6-10, James 1:2-5, 1 John 2:15-17,
- The Giver of a new day and all it holds (Psalm 118:24, Matthew 6:25-34)
- His unlimited power and infinite knowledge can be trusted (Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 19:21, Isaiah 14:24-27, Isaiah 55:9)
- The Naked Eye who sees us for who we are (1 Samuel 16:7)
- The King of Heaven (Matthew 6:9, John 3:13, Acts 1:10-11, Revelation 21)
And so much more!