February 3, 2008
A Prayer to RememberSome say it was written by Christian philosopher and martyr Boethius 1500years ago.Some link it with 19th century theologian Friedrich Oetinger.Most often minister/theologian Reinhold Niebuhr is credited with itsauthorship.He said he had written the prayer as a tag line to a sermon he had deliveredon practical Christianity.But he then suggested this prayer may have been “spooking around” forcenturies”…….”but I honesty do believe that I wrote it myself.”Early in World War II, with his permission, the prayer was printed on cardsand distributed to the troops by the U.S.O. It also had been reprinted bythe National Council of Churches. The prayer was widely popularized by theA. A. movement, who had it printed on small cards for members to carry intheir wallets.At my nephew’s memorial service Tuesday evening, this prayer pierced heartsas God’s spirit poured through, reminding us that God is the one who bringsinner peace regardless of our chaotic circumstances, as we reflected on thelife of a young man whose life tragically ended in a auto accident Sundaymorning, and left a young lady Sherry H. severely injured.For nearly two years this prayer was part of Jason’s daily ritual. Thewords say it all.God, grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change,courage to change the things I can,and the 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 rightif I surrender to His will;that I may be reasonably happy in this life,and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.Amen.