Below is the piece of the Serenity Prayer that speaks to me. I found out for the first time that it is a longer prayer by Reinhold Neibuhr. I’ve only posted the part that means most to me. Denise at Psych Activist reminded me of it after thinking about it a week ago while out of town. I was thinking of posting it at that point and then it escaped me. I intend to make it a mantra. If we all truly meditated on it I think we would find peace.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
My other favorite prayer is probably the only thing I loved about my Catholic upbringing. It is the only prayer I have always attached positive connotations since early childhood. It is the humble quest for goodness and service that moves me so deeply. I fall so miserably short.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.