Feb 18: Serenity Prayer

Serenity Prayer

As I look back over the past 21 years, it is praying the Serenity Prayer, sometimes as a mantra, that has helped me so much.

Just this past Tuesday my oldest son had surgery that seemed to go well but the next day he was found to have several blood clots in his lung and the lung was collapsed. I have been praying the Serenity Prayer steadily since my dear daughter-in-law called me. Good news, his lung is ok now and he will be on blood thinners for several months.

Then this morning the sewer backed up in my shower and in the tub in my other bathroom………………my landlords came over right after I called and fixed the problem and even cleaned the shower and tub!

Those are just 2 examples of when I used the Serenity Prayer just this week.

I always used to say at meetings that for me, one of the biggest things was “wisdom to know the difference”.

I’d love to hear from you ladies, who wish to share, your experience with the Serenity Prayer or anything you may need to discuss!

I’ll close with the complete Serenity Prayer, AA groups usually use the first 4 lines.

The complete 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;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.


(prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971)