The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the SERENITY to
accept the things I cannot 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 hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it:
Trusting that He will make all things
right if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen
Serenity Prayer Origins
The original author of the Serenity Prayer, embraced by Alcoholics Anonymous, twelve step program (AA) since 1950, remains a mystery, although across time a variety of sources have claimed credit.
The first form of the prayer originated with Boethius, the Roman philosopher (480-524 A.D.) and author of the book, Consolations of Philosophy. In 1943, the renowned theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote a prayer for a church service in a New England village. The premise of this prayer is the closest to the version of the Serenity prayer we say today.