Did you know that this possibly the most famous prayer - after the Lord's Prayer - of all has a second part that is just as beautiful as the first one?
God grant me the serenity to accept
The things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
There is also a less well known, but equally beautiful part:
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would like it to be.
Trusting that God will make all things right,
If I but surrender to His will.
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely so with Him, forever in the next.
THE COURAGE TO LIVE
To those who have tried and seemingly failed,
Reach out, dear Lord, and comfort them today;
Those whose hopes have been dimmed,
And whose faith has paled,
Lift into the radiance of Your Divine torch of wisdom, I pray,
And help them to trust again.
To all who are frightened, Lord, reach out a hand.
To all who are hurt and helpless, come as their friend.
Baffled and blind, they fail to understand the true purpose of life.
They believe that this dark and tangled road is the end.
Touch with the flame of Your Heavenly fire all hope that has burned low
And rekindle all faith that has gone dead.
Help us, each one, to steadfastly go
Following Your guidance that comes from within
And lights for us all the way ahead.
Those who are stumbling and falling by the wayside,
Help them to get up and walk among their fellow men,
With love in their hearts and with faith and courage to try –
Whenever it’s necessary, all over again.
Dear Hornbeam - its good to know that you are enjoying the prayers that have been posted on this thread.
As far as the smiling and frowning is concerned, I don't know how this was established. But, just take a moment and try it for yourself, the way I did a couple of minutes ago. First smile - then let your face drop into a frown. The frown doesn't seem to take any effort with me, but lifting my face into smile certainly does.
THank you jenny, i had been weary of this sticky, and have been avoiding it, but wish i would have let myself see this sooner... it brought a smile to my face... a friend gave me a poem called Dont Quit.... now i have one to give her thanks again... and for the laughs ive only just gotten this week