THE SERENITY PRAYER

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SERENITY PRAYER

There are many theories, but no one really knows who wrote the Serenity Prayer or when it was written. One theory suggests that it was written in 500A.D. by a philosopher named Boethius who became a martyr for the Christians of his time.

A theologian in the 1930's and 1940's named Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr is often cited as the author, but he read it in an obituary notice and gave credit to an earlier 18th century theologian. It is claimed that Dr. Niebuhr was so impressed by the prayer that he brought it to the attention of Bill W., one of the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. It was so suited for the needs of AA it became a key part of the AA movement and their 12 step program. Alcoholics Anonymous and the other 12 step programs deserve the credit for making the Serenity Prayer so popular in the 20th Century.

Words become very important in this short prayer. Each word stands alone and says so much in and of itself. Below is an original series based on the 12 most important words in the Serenity Prayer written by a member of the Recovery Group.


THE BELOVED SERENITY PRAYER
(In Its Entirety)

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;
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;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with you forever in the next.


GOD
GRANT
ME
SERENITY
ACCEPT
THINGS
I
CANNOT
CHANGE
COURAGE
WISDOM
DIFFERENCE


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