Although I do not perceive the
whole truth when I am on my way,
this very lack of perfection is a sign
that I am still alive. My staying in motion
is what brings God's spirit to me.
the spirit is what brings life."
(from room 11 of Melk Abbey, AU)
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 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
Reinhold Niebuhr, 1926