Serenity prayer the complete versionI looked up the serenity prayer online– and found the complete version!

Apparently, the original version was longer, and was written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. It’s something that not only works well for people in recovery, but if you think about it we all need to apply that principal just in dealing with life. See the more expanded version below:

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.


–Reinhold Niebuhr