The Full Serenity Prayer To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. Forever and ever in the next.
The Serenity Prayer , page 41, 12 & 12 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. Thy will, not mine, be done. 2. Pages 86, Big Book On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead.
The reference to the Serenity Prayer comes at the end of the article: “Originally thought in Alcoholics Anonymous to have been written by St. Francis of Assisi, it turned out on recent research to have been the work of another eminent nonalcoholic, Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr, of Union Theological Seminary.
Sometimes referred to as “the AA acceptance prayer,” the Serenity Prayer is usually recited at the beginning of almost all 12-step group meetings, and, at many meetings, at the end as well.
19, attributed the prayer to Niebuhr, quoting it as follows: O God and Heavenly Father, Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other, through Jesus Christ our Lord , Amen.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“We asked God to help us show the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we said to ourselves, ‘This is a sick man /woman. How can I help him/’her? God save me from being angry.
The Seventh Step Prayer is as follows: “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding.
The prayer was the Serenity Prayer, commonly quoted as: “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.” Its adoption by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs has propelled it to worldwide renown.
You can adapt and adjust to your present circumstances. Stop avoiding difficult issues and only focusing on what you can’t change . Focus on what you can do about the situation, and if you can’t change something it’s time to accept this reality.
Reinhold Niebuhr Quotes 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.
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In AA , the equilateral triangle represents the three part answer – Unity, Recovery, and Service – to a three part disease – Physical, Mental, and Spiritual, while the circle represents AA as a whole. It is used to identify AA meeting places and used on AA coins to recognize sobriety time.
Twelve Step Prayers First Step Prayer. Dear Lord , I admit that I am powerless over my addiction. Second Step Prayer. Heavenly Father , I know in my heart that only you can restore me to sanity. Third Step Prayer. God , I offer myself to Thee. Fourth Step Prayer. Dear God , Fifth Step Prayer. Higher Power, Sixth Step Prayer. Dear God ,