(I'm posting this again, along with a sung version, 
because I know so many folks who are in need 
of this wise, beautiful and very powerful prayer...)

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I canand the wisdom to know the difference...
I pray first for serenity, Lord,
that certain peace within my soul,your gift of grace,and the counsel of your Spirit:a gift that comes from you alone,a gift I cannot give myself...
In that serenity, I pray I mightaccept the things I cannot changeand over which I'm powerless:things beyond my reach and kenwhich only you(and others, if they choose)might change and turn around...
I pray for strength and courageto change the things I canand I know what's most in need of change  
is me:my mind and heart, my words and deeds,the choices and decisions that I make,the direction and the paths I choose to take...
But still I need your wisdom, Lord,to help discern between 
the things that only you can doand things that I with youam charged and graced to dothat I might rest serenelyin the peace that comesfrom doing what you will...
Amen.
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