Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Rest of the Serenity Prayer

Many years ago at a fund-raising auction, I captured a beautifully embroidered and framed copy of the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr. More accurately, I won a copy of the first and best known section which begins with, "God, grant me the serenity..." For many years, it has been the first thing, other than sets of cat ears, I see each morning.

This morning, for a multitude of reasons, I realized how much I need the second part of this prayer to become consciously subconscious. Here, dear readers, is what comes after praying for the wisdom to know the difference:
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.


  1. Thanks for this, Meredith. I had no idea there was more to it than what I've seen on old refrigerator magnets. I guess it parallels the second verse of the Star Spangled Banner.

  2. "...accepting hardship as a pathway to peace." Hmmmm... well... I'm well on my way then. :)

    Thanks, Meredith. I did not know there was more to it either.

    Seems like sky-diving. I'm just not sure I can jump. Know what I mean?

  3. Thanks — didn't know there was a second part.

  4. I knew about the second part... but I am always grateful to see it.


  5. I love the bridge picture, I have it on my desktop now. Thank you for the Serenity prayer also!

    Liturgy of the Hours

  6. Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace.

    I like that prayer ~ thanks for sharing.


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