my caregiver prayer 

“God, give me the grace to accept with serenity, the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.”

Wikipedia says this prayer was written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.

The best known form is:

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.

This is some good stuff here, it feels right. Responsibilities should keep us from running away from what is. I’ve ran from mine before and believe me, that is only a temporary fix, not worth it. The Serenity Prayer will become my official prayer to repeat often, as a caregiver. I need a prayer, and this prayer will help me. 


Jack Fussell

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