Many of you are familiar with the Serenity Prayer. It’s a simple 24-word prayer that has aided many in 12 Step programs as they seek recovery. This prayer is often carried on a coin in one’s pocket. Here it is:

          God, grant me the Serenity to accept things I cannot change….

          Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference.

          Recently I ran across The New Serenity Prayer written by Father James Martin, SJ. Here it is:

          God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, which is pretty much everyone, since I’m clearly not you, God. At least the last time I checked.

          And while you’re at it, God, please give me the courage to change what I need to change about myself, which is frankly a lot, since, once again, I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.

          It’s better for me to focus on changing myself than to worry about changing other people, who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying, I cannot change anyway.

          Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up whenever I think that I’m clearly smarter than everyone else in the room, that no one knows what they’re talking about except me, or that I alone have all the answers.

          Basically, God, grant me the wisdom to remember that I’m not you.


          Obviously some great thoughts.

          Anyone else think sending a copy of this to the occupant of that big white house on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC makes sense?

          I’m Steve Sauder and there’s something to think about!

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