Thursday, 16 February 2012

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
I've had the first four lines of this Prayer (the most well-known) on my mind for the last day. I didn't even know there was more to it until I did a search for it just now!

I can't rightly say why this is the case, although at some point in the last week I've realised that, when we forgive others, we extend to them the grace that we have received from God. And what better to be doing than that?