The Serenity Prayer, Part Deux

I find God in the coincidences of my life. That’s why after my sponsor recommended that I check out the book,“Reflecting on the Serenity Prayer” by Philip St. Romain, and C wrote that great post on the Serenity Prayer, this unplanned two part blog post is occurring.

I too, am a fan of the “short” version  of the Serenity Prayer that C quoted yesterday. I OFTEN use it as a way to open a clogged channel of communication to my God, and there was a major back up going down in my lines of communication to my higher power yesterday.

Work has me on edge right now, Sunday’s give me anxiety anyway, and there I was yesterday afternoon not sure if I was actively breathing or what. (When I’m anxious sometimes I hold my breath without thinking). Cue Serenity Prayer on repeat. It works. I just does. If you don’t believe me TRY IT. What have you got to lose?

To let my God (and sponsor) know I’m paying attention, I dug around and found my copy of the book, opened it, and read a few pages. Upon opening, I was greeted with the “long” version of the Serenity Prayer, and I thought what a great way to follow C’s post from yesterday. Here is the long version, it’s also pretty awesome:

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 hardship 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.

I’m going to take a special note of the word “REASONABLY”. What stands out to you?


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