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Who Created The Serenity Prayer? [12 ANSWERS FOUND]

“For a very long time in AA, I clung to the first line of the prayer ‘with all the fervour with which the drowning seize life preservers 😉’ It wasn’t hard for me to pray for serenity, because serenity was what I had had been looking for from a bottle and a glass, a pill, or whatever else seemed to offer me a momentary escape from my own often tormented head,” wrote Tony on an AA UK website 😁 “As I experienced some serenity in my life, being an alcoholic I naturally wanted more 😎 It was something I sought out in stressful times, and there were many. Without a drink or succumbing to anxiety, I asked for sufficient serenity each day. Guess what, it worked. It really worked. [1]
God, I ask for grace to allow you to let go of the impossible, to have the Courage and Wisdom to see the good in the bad, to take the necessary steps to correct them.Living one day taking it one day at a while, enjoying each moment, accepting hardships as the path to peace. Amen. Thank you to Annabelle Godinez (Mumbai, India) for the revision. [2]
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Rachell Camp archives.yalealumnimagazine.com Further insight is provided by this article. (Niebuhr’s preferred version, according to his daughter, was the one that appears at the beginning of this article. However, he’s having different versions. The one in Robbins’s 1944 book, based on the text that Niebuhr himself handed to Robbins, is closer to the AA version.) At first, AA did not know of Niebuhr’s connection with the prayer and did not attribute it to anyone. In its literature over the years, AA has given detailed but conflicting accounts of how the organisation first found the Serenity Prayer—stating that the prayer was spotted in an obituary in the New York Times or New York Herald Tribune, in 1939 or 1940 or 1941 or 1942. These claims were not verified by me after I carefully searched the internet Times and the microfilmed Herald Tribune. Kourtni from Qom in Iran edited the text 96 days earlier. [3]
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“God, give me 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, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I’m would having 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.” [4]
An alcoholic’s quest for absolute control can lead to misery, which may contribute to substance abuse problems. The need for control could also be an outcome of the inability to manage their drug use. The vicious circle continues until an addict realizes there are always external factors that cannot be changed. Instead of focusing on our outer lives, the prayer encourages us to look at our inner world. We can’t control how we feel. However, we can influence our feelings through what we can control—our thinking and our actions. The final quality of the promised life is possible by focusing our attention on these two elements. Serenity Prayer: courage. (edited in September 2020 by Jeremy Appleby of Pachuca Del Soto, Mexico [5]
However, despite many years of investigation by many people, the origins of the prayer are shrouded with layers of history and mystery. Moreover, every time a researcher appears to uncover the definitive source, another one crops up to refute the former’s claim, at the same time that it raises new, intriguing facts. What is undisputed is the claim of authorship by the theologian Dr. Rheinhold Niebuhr, who recounted to interviewers on several occasions that he wrotetten the prayer as a “tag line” to a sermon he’s having having delivered on Practical Christianity. Yet even Dr. Niebuhr added at least a touch of doubt to his claim, when he’s had telling told one interviewer, “Of course, it may have been spooking around for years, even centuries, but I don’t think so. I’m honestly doing believe that I wrotetten it myself.” (we really appreciate Nathaniel Whiting from Durg Bhilainagar, India for letting us know). [6]

Refer to the Article

  1. https://people.howstuffworks.com/serenity-prayer.htm
  2. https://www.christianity.com/wiki/prayer/what-is-the-serenity-prayer-is-it-biblical.html
  3. http://archives.yalealumnimagazine.com/issues/2008_07/serenity.html
  4. https://www.christiansdrugrehab.com/blog/the-history-of-the-serenity-prayer/
  5. https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/articles/the-serenity-prayer
  6. https://silkworth.net/alcoholics-anonymous/the-origin-of-our-serenity-prayer/
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