The Serenity Prayer is certainly one of the most beloved prayers in existence today. This short but simple prayer is attributed to a Protestant clergyman, Reinhold Niehbur, and was originally part of a longer prayer he wrote in the 1930s. It was adopted in its short form as the official prayer of the Alcoholics Anonymous movement in 1941, which led to its wide dissemination and popularity. This short, simple, focused prayer provides tremendous comfort for those who are experiencing difficulties in life. It helps us to look at those problems from God’s perspective.

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. Amen.