...God grant me the serenity to accept
things I cannot change, courage to change
things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
The actual origin of the Serenity Prayer has over the years been a tantalizing, elusive, and some still feel, unsolved mystery. It's intriguing to those of us at G.S.O. who have at one time or another attempted to trace the prayer to an authoritative, unimpeachable source.
The prayer entered unobtrusively into AA history in 1941. It was discovered in the "In Memoriam" obituary column of an early edition of the New York Herald Tribune. The exact wording was:
the lord's prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Book of Common Prayer 1928
You will find many other versions of the Lord's Prayer.
Read Matthew 6:9-13 or Luke 11:2-4.