The Serenity Prayer

When I worked in the kitchen at the high school, I made a copy of the “Serenity Prayer.” I attached it to the back of the microwave.  It was the entire prayer, not just the phrases most often published.  A co-worker read the prayer and told me she really liked the extended version. So I made her a copy for her work area.  

Perhaps you’d like to read the entire 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.


An American theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, authored the prayer.  It has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs.

When I transferred to the media center, I made sure to take my prayer with me.  It packs so much in so few words.

In His Grip,

Jeanie Shank


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