The Prayers of Black Women: “The Serenity Prayer”

Sometimes in life we are overcome with stresses.  Some situations are good stresses but stresses nonetheless.  Other times we have negative stresses, and it is usually those situations that make us feel helpless and hopeless.  It is then when I am gently reminded of  the ” Serenity Prayer.”  Therefore, I am sharing the prayer with hope that it will find a way into stressful lives to make a difference.

Photographer:  Artis Harrison
Photographer: Artis Harrison

The Serenity Prayer

by Reinhold Niebuhr
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.