The serenity prayer is a prayer that was written by Reinhold Niebuhr and most associated with alcoholics anonymous. The prayer fell into the hands of Bill Wilson, one of the co-founders of A.A., who thought that the prayer summed up the fundamentals of A.A. with simplicity.
Full Serenity Prayer
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 right if I surrender to His will. That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.
What is the Serenity Prayer?
When used in Alcoholics Anonymous, the serenity prayer is always used to close out the end of A.A. meetings – whether that be in-person or online. Everyone in the meeting stands on their feet, sometimes holding hands, and together they recite the serenity prayer to complete the meeting. It’s a catchy prayer that can be easily mesmerized. Those who stick around in A.A. or in a 12 step based program will come to know this prayer by heart as it’s used in meetings and on medallions/coins.